Centre-back Anwar Ali, who was barred from playing competitive football due to a certain type of heart ailment, has now signed with FC Goa and is set to make his ISL debut. Anwar has been barred from playing competitive football by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) after suffering from 'apical hyper cardiomyopathy's, a rare heart disease. Due to which Anwar could not play any match for more than a year. After which he played his first match for Tektro Swadesh Academy and then joined Delhi FC through Minerva Academy.
Anwar has excelled for Delhi FC in the Durand Cup and I-League qualifiers. He was practising with FC Goa from the start of the ISL season and all eyes are on him in Sunday's match against Kerala Blasters.
Anwar has said, 'I am happy that the worst phase of my life is over now. This is a new chapter in my life and I want to welcome the chance to play football. I have had to wait a long time to play at the top level. He has said, 'I thank FC Goa for showing faith in me. I have been with the team since the beginning of the season and it helped me understand the way he played.’