Indian football fans were delighted after it was revealed that Australian football legend Tim Cahill had joined ISL franchise Jamshedpur FC for the 2018-19 season. However, fans will have wait little longer to get a glimpse of the prolific forward as he is currently serving a three-match ban given by the Football Association (FA).
The Socceroos star was charged for violent conduct during a Championship match between Millwall FC and Fulham FC back in April. During the match, Cahill got into a tussle with Fulham player Ryan Fredericks, which saw him being handed a three-match ban.
However, after the match against Milwall, Fulham played two matches post that which included the Championship play-off against Aston Villa. This means, Cahill has already served the two out of the three match ban, and will now miss only one match.
The Australian all-time leading goalscorer will not feature in Jamshedpur FC's league opener against Mumbai City FC due to suspension, but is likely to mark his arrival in the Indian Super League in the high-octane clash against heavy-weights ATK.
Meanwhile, the 38-year-old forward arrived in the 'Steel City' of Jamshedpur last night to embark on his stint in India. The veteran marksmen was treated to a rousing welcome by the fans on the streets and he took to Twitter to share his delight.
His post on Twitter read: Wow what a way to meet our fans in India @jamshedpurfc The love for football is amazing and I’m so happy that I can experience this passion first hand. I’ve played all over the world and I’m excited now to play in INDIA. @IndSuperLeague.”
Tim Cahill was part of the Australia squad that featured in 2018 FIFA World Cup and played 37 mins in his country's group-stage exit at the tournament. The experienced talisman recently decided to call time on his international career with 107 appearances and 50 goals to his name.
The acquisition of Tim Cahill is one of the headline signings of this year's Indian Super League. Prior to this, the Australian has plied his trade in England, China and United States in stints with Everton, Shanghai Shenhua and New York Red Bulls respectively.
The services and experience of Tim Cahill will prove to be vital for Jamshedpur FC, who struggled in front of goal and finished fifth last season. But with age not on Cahill's side, will be he able to match the rigors of the Indian Super League? Only time will tell...