Mehrajuddin Wadoo - A Striker Turned Defender

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

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Former Indian footballer Mehrajuddin Wadoo was born on 12th February 1984 in Jammu & Kashmir. His father was a footballer and had played for J&K team in Santosh Trophy. Wadoo had a great love and passion for the sport and wanted to take that up as a career. He played for many local clubs during his early stage of career. He started playing as a striker but later turned into a defender where he got very high recognition.

In his senior career, Wadoo started playing for J&K Police and later he went on to play for teams such as HAL, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Salgaocar and many more. During his career, he was loaned twice to other clubs. The first one was to Bharat from Pune City FC and the second time Chennaiyin FC loaned him to Sporting Goa.

In ISL, Wadoo first played for Pune City FC where he played 10 games for the Pune based club. Pune CIty later sold him to Chenniyin FC for an undisclosed fee. He played a key role for CFC as he played 27 games in 2 seasons and scored 1 goal. He helped the team lift their maiden ISL trophy in 2015. He played his last game in 2018 ISL season for Mumbai City FC and later announced that he would retire from Football.

After retirement, he took up the role of Academy Coach of FC Pune City and served the team for one season. Later, the club was sold to another company and it was renamed Hyderabad FC. He was a part of this club and served as an assistant coach to Phil Brown. Waddo had been appointed as the Head Coach for a few games because Phil Brown was sacked after a stint of poor performances.

Wadoo even represented the Indian national team between 2005-2011. He played 32 games and scored 2 goals. His goals were against Bangladesh in the 2005 SAFF Cup and against Kenya in a friendly match in 2010.

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