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Indian Super League 2017/18: Ishfaq Ahmed set to join Tata Steel's football team as Assistant Manager

Goal.com logo Goal.com 25-06-2017

Ishfaq Ahmed has ended his three year association with Kerala Blasters and is set to sign for the newly inducted Indian Super League (ISL) team from Jamshedpur as Assistant Manager, Goal can confirm.

Owned by Tata Steel, Ishfaq will be the first ever signing for the Jharkhand-based ISL team. The 34-year-old was drafted into the Kerala Blasters during the inaugural draft in 2014 itself. Since the second season onwards, the former India U-23 player was also handed coaching duties, making him the first and only Indian player-manager in the ISL so far.

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After hanging up his playing boots after the 2016 ISL, Ishfaq had a few stints as a television pundit and commentator during the last season. The former winger however had just completed his Asian Football Confederation (AFC) 'B' license earlier this month, passing in his first try itself.

Ishfaq, who has turned out for most major clubs in India including Mohun Bagan and East Bengal in the past was also given scouting responsibilites while at Kerala Blasters along with NP Pradeep.

Under the tutelage of Steve Coppell, Kerala Blasters reached the final of the 2017 ISL.

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