23/07/2014 …. A day after starting their pre-season training, Salgaocar FC have roped in 24 year old creative central midfielder, Zakeer Mundampara. The player underwent his medicals earlier in the day before signing on the dotted line for the Vasco based former I-League champions. Zakeer’s biggest attributes are his speed, vision, ball distribution, and his shooting prowess. The player last played for Mohun Bagan during the 2013-14 season. The lad from Mallapuram in Kerala, caught everyone’s attention in 2009 where he captained and was the backbone of the Viva Kerala side. Prior to that, he played for State Bank of Travancore where he began his professional career in 2007.
Zakeer followed the stint at Viva Kerala with 2 largely successful years at Churchill Brothers SC where he was part of the Durand Cup winning squad in 2011. In the same year he was voted the Best Footballer of Kerala by the Kerala Football Association and the icing on the cake came in the form of a call up tothe U-23 Indian team for the Pre-Olympic Tournament which was held at Qatar. He played his first match in the tournament against the hosts coming on as a 2nd half substitute.
He has since spent a couple of year with Kolkata based clubs, United SC and Mohun Bagan. He will re-unite with former team mate at Viva Kerala, Karma Tsewang, who he attributes for helping him make the move, despite having offers elsewhere. “Salgaocar are a great club with a very rich history and I consider it an honour to don the Green and White jersey. I look forward to playing under coach Derrick Pereira”, the player commented.
On being asked his immediate targets at his new club, the player remarked, “I hope to make a mark and earn a regular place in the starting 11”. With a midfield comprising of several highly accomplished and experienced players, Zakeer clearly has his task cut out.