Remember all the way back into July, when we told you that Syed Rahim Nabi would be coming on trial to D.C. United this September? That has now come true, with Nabi flying to the United States on Friday to start his trial with the club. Nabi is an offensive minded fullback and was the best player in the I-League last season, winning the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Player of the Year. Like most trialists it is unlikely that anything will come of this trial, but it doesn't hurt to take a look.
He is currently one of eight Indian players who are not participating in the upcoming season due to a disagreement between I-League and the marketing partner for the All-Indian Football Federation (in what seems to be a similar situation to Traffic Sports here in the United States). Nabi in particular is sitting out because of a wage dispute, saying that he was not payed his full salary for last season.
All of this tumult is on top of the collapse of the Bengal Premier League, which had signed players like Robbie Fowler, Robert Pires, Fabio Cannavaro, and Santino Quaranta; that league folded without ever playing a game.