New Delhi: Real Kashmir FC officially signed British South Asian Oxford Defender and former Arsenal youth and Northampton Town player Kashif Siddiqi on loan. With this loan signing, the clubs also announced their official partnership with Oxford United Football Club, a collaboration that will present a number of football, philanthropic and commercial opportunities.
Siddiqi, who can operate at full-back or in midfield, was due to join the snow leopards at the start of the season but suffered an Achilles tendon rupture whilst training with his parent Oxford United FC.
On his association with the club, Kashif Siddiqui said, “This opportunity means a lot to me and I’d like to thank everyone at Real Kashmir FC and Oxford FC, I have been out of the game due to injury, during which I have been really focused on getting fit but also community work, but that is a prelude to a really exciting new adventure for me in Kashmir with a major team in India. I’d like to bring my charitable work to Kashmir through Football for Peace, although I am also desperate to get my boots on and start training again.”
“Real Kashmir FC has given so much hope to people in this region and I really want to amplify this across the world.” he added.
The collaboration between RKFC and OUFC will see the Indian and British clubs, share Player exchanges, technical knowledge, grassroots player development support on mental, sports science, and technical player development alongside further opportunities across a number of different departments across both clubs.
Welcoming Kashif on board, Real Kashmir FC co-owner Sandeep Chattoo said, “We are proud to have partnered with Oxford United FC and Kashif here as a loaned player.”
“Kashif’s international experiences and Oxford’s international support will be of enormous benefit as we continue to work with the relevant groups to ensure that Real Kashmir FC is a leading player in making football open to all in the region.” The partnership with Oxford United is based on an exchange of knowledge and their enthusiasm for Indian football and in particular, Kashmir will help grow football for our future generations,” Chattoo added.
Vice-Chairman of Oxford United Zaki Nuseibeh said, “We’re delighted that Kashif is going to Real Kashmir FC. As club owners, we have a responsibility to continuously work on initiatives through which we can use football for the wider good.”