Lockdown has brought everyone together, says Gokulam midfielder Kerala Amiri

NEW DELHI: Stranded in India due to coronavirus-enforced travel restrictions, Gokulam Kerala FC Afghan recruit Zohib Islam Amiri He feels the blockade has brought everyone together, and prefers to stay positive by spending hours on the phone with his family.

The 30-year-old midfielder was in the country to compete in the I-League that was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Usually our entire family is united every Ramzan. For a month, we stayed together and then we celebrated Eid together, Amiri said.

Being away from family this time is very difficult, but the situation is such that we have to face it, nobody can avoid it, he added.

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Amiri wanted to return home to Canada, but was unable to do so due to current travel restrictions.

Thanks to technology, all of our family members can talk a lot with each other. We talk for hours and hours every day. I must say that the blockade has brought them all together. Family members and friends I had lost contact with, now you are talking to them almost every day, he said.

The Afghan midfielder is focusing on staying physically fit during forced rest.

With Ramzan up and running, we can eat only once a day. However, as a professional, you have to stay healthy. I start training in the morning and it doesn't matter if you have terrain or not, we have to train. and keep us busy

We can do different types of exercises such as squats, push-ups, hamstrings and core exercises indoors, to keep fit.

It has almost been a decade since Amiri made his first I-League appearance and since then, he has gone on to play for a number of teams across India.

In the 2019-20 season, he played for Kozhikode-based Gokulam and participated in 12 games for the Malabarians as they finished with 22 points in 15 games.

Looking back on the campaign on his side, he stated that they had set high standards for themselves but were unable to achieve the goal of winning the title. I feel like we had a good chance to win the league this season. The way we started was fine, but we lost crucial points at home throughout the campaign.

We had a team that aspired to win the championship. In that way, it is disappointing not to achieve our goal.