After playing for the country for the last 14 years, Ishfaq Ahmed, an ace Kashmiri soccer player, took up the job as a physical education teacher with the state government for living. Now, the player is mulling seriously over the plan to quit the job that tasked him with teaching singing and dancing to school students, saying it was akin to “asking an aeronautical engineer to assemble a bicycle”, reports Hindustan Times.
The 33-year-old was given the job of a physical education teacher in December as recognition of his contribution as a sportsperson.He was recently asked to prepare schools kids for cultural activities for the upcoming Republic Day celebrations.
I am a footballer and they want me to teach cultural activities to school kids and prepare them for Rouf (a traditional Kashmiri dance form)…it is like asking an aeronautical engineer to assemble a cycle. It is an insult that the state doesn’t recognise the talent of its youth.Ishfaq Ahmed as told to HT
Ahmad is among a handful of Kashmiri youth who have succeeded in sports in the troubled state where years of militancy and unrest have often cut short promising careers.
Ahmad has been playing in pre-Olympic and World Cup qualifying rounds for India since 2004 when his debut goal gave India a win against Turkmenistan.
He has captained for four years one of the most prestigious football clubs of the country Mohun Bagan, given the title of the National Club of India by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
He has also played for all the other top clubs of India such as Dempo, Salgaocar, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting with varying degrees of success and turned out in the Asian Champions League club championship seven times since 2005.
He is also the only player from Jammu and Kashmir to win the national player in 2003.