INTERVIEW – Pacy forward Nashir Hussainy calls Box Hill United new home

January 23, 2019

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].”

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