Flying forward Nashir Hussainy has signed on the dotted line for Box Hill United’s senior men’s squad ahead of the 2019 NPL2 campaign.
A technically-skilled player who is quick on the ball and is always looking to carve out a shooting chance, Hussainy started his journey in Australian football with South Melbourne.
His career fast-tracked from the U/17s at the Lakeside Stadium up the ranks to the seniors before he switched to Heidelberg United. A move to Dandenong Thunder was on the horizon next, followed by a spell with Clifton Hill in the Victorian State Division 1.
Going through the paces during the pre-season tune-up with Box Hill, the 21-year-old is determined to set the bar high, and said, “I am feeling really excited for the new year, I think it’s going to be good. I want to help the team as much as I can and to give it my best shot. I believe I can make a difference in this team.
“[There are] quite a few new players, and a new coaching staff as well. It’s a whole different team. I reckon we still need a little bit of work, but the boys are getting fitter and we are looking good. We did well in a few friendlies, and it showed us that we can learn a lot more.”
Born in Islamabad, Hussainy moved to Kabul; and when he was just eight, his family travelled to Australia to escape the war-torn city in Afghanistan.
The football-loving youngster found a new way of life Down Under, with his involvement in the beautiful game. Hussainy said, “My family has always been into football. I grew up loving football, in a football family. Not so much my mother, but my father is a huge fan – he always used to watch Brazil back in the days, like Ronaldo and [so on].
“It’s [been] a big change. I am very grateful to be here [and for the opportunities].”