Melbourne Heart FC Signs AIS Graduate Ibrahim

Melbourne Heart FC reaffirmed its commitment to the future and to the fulfilment of a young man’s dreams by signing Australian Institute of Sport graduate Kamal Ibrahim.

Melbourne Heart FC reaffirmed its commitment to the future and to the fulfilment of a young man-s dreams by signing Australian Institute of Sport graduate Kamal Ibrahim.

Ibrahim has signed a multi-year deal to become the seventh player to sign for Melbourne Heart FC following the recent announcements of former Dutch youth international Rutger Worm and Qantas Socceroo goalkeeper Clint Bolton.

Ibrahim-s elevation to a professional football environment alongside senior Australian internationals marks a remarkable rise for the 17-year-old.

Arriving in Melbourne with his mother, two sisters and three brothers from war-torn Ethiopia in 2003, Ibrahim-s footballing wizardry has opened the door to the AIS, Australian representation and now the Hyundai A-League.

Head Coach John van‘t Schip said the recruitment of adopted-Melbournian Ibrahim demonstrates the Club-s commitment to developing talented young footballers.

“Developing talent for the future is an important responsibility of any football club, and I believe the signing of Kamal is proof of our commitment to invest in Australia-s youth,” he said.

“Kamal has shown talent in the National Youth League, and while he is still very raw and will still need to work very hard, he has some very interesting and exciting qualities.

“He has overcome a lot to reach this point in his career and knows this is just the start of his story, not the end, and its one I-m sure all Melbourne Heart FC and Hyundai A-League supporters will enjoy following”.

An inventive winger, Ibrahim has been a regular feature of the national youth set-up for the past two years, playing an integral role in the Qantas Joeys- run to the Quarter Finals of the 2008 AFC U/16 championships, scoring a virtuoso goal in the team-s 2-1 win over China.

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