Ahead of the upcoming Hero Indian Super League 2021-22, Khalid Jamil has been announced as the head coach of the NorthEast United Football Club. Jamil is the country’s first Indian coach to head a football club at India’s premier football league who has been handed the permanent position.

After the NEUFC poor performance earlier last season, the team decided to part with the head coach Gerard Nus in January. At the time, Jamil was the assistant coach who held reins on an interim basis.

Born to Indian parents, Khalid Jamil played as a midfielder for clubs like Mahindra United, Air India and Mumbai FC alongside playing matches for the Indian national team. He joined the NEUFC as assistant coach ahead of ISL’s 2019-20 season.

Despite low expectations from the 44-year-old, the team’s performance significantly improved and the team qualified for the Hero ISL semi-finals for the second time in history. Jamil oversaw NEUFC’s unbeaten run with triumphs over Mumbai City FC and finalists ATK Mohun Bagan before going down to the Mariners in two-legged semi-finals.

The first match of Highlanders this year is scheduled to kick off on November 20 against Bengaluru FC at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa.

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