Mohamed Arif

Mohamed Arif (Bakaa)
Personal information
Full name Mohamed Arif
Date of birth (1985-08-11) 11 August 1985
Place of birth Malé, Maldives
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kanbawza FC
Number 29
Youth career
Addu YDP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Island FC
2007 VB Sports Club
2008 Club Valencia
2009–2010 New Radiant SC
2010–2011 Victory
2011-2012 VB Sports Club
2012-2013 Club Eagles
2013–2014 Maziya 5
2015– Kanbawza
National team
2008– Maldives 47 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 31, 2014.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 31, 2014

Mohamed Arif, also known as Bakaa (born 11 August 1985) is a Maldivian footballer who plays as a Midfielder for Myanmar National league club Kanbawza Football Club and the Maldivian National Team. Arif won the best football player of the year for 2010, and won second best player for the year 2011. He also won third best player for the year 2013.

Club career

VB Sports Club

The first club he played with was VB Sports Club in the 2007 season in the Dhivehi League before leaving in 2008 for Club Valencia. He would eventually return to the club in the 2011 season.

Club Valencia

After leaving VB Sports Club in 2007 he joined Club Valencia for the 2008 season in the Dhivehi League. He left the club by season end.

New Radiant SC

Arif joined New Radiant SC for the 2009 season of the Dhivehi League. He stayed at the club for two seasons. 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Return to VB Sports Club

Arif returned to VB Sports Club for the 2011 season of the Dhiraagu Dhivehi League and helped the club win the title of Champions of the 2011 season of the Dhiraagu Dhivehi League.

Eagles Sports Club

Arif joined Eagles Sports Club for the 2012 season of the Dhiraagu Dhivehi League. He left the club the season end.

Maziya Sports Club

Arif joined Maziya Sports Club for the 2013 season of the Dhivehi League. At the end of the season, he extended his contract for another year.

Kanbawza Football Club

On 2 January 2014, Arif joined Myanmar's first division and Premier League Club Kanbawza Football Club (KBZ FC).

International career

Senior team

Due to his notable skills as a midfielder and his abilities as playmaker it did not take long for him to be noticed and he was soon included in the starting eleven of the National senior team of the Maldives.

2008 SAFF Championship

Bakaa starred in the 2005 SAFF Championship which was hosted by Pakistan. He starred in the 2008 SAFF Championship which was hosted by both Maldives and Sri Lanka, and helped Maldives win their first title in the championship. He also starred in the 2009, and 2011 and 2013 SAFF Championship.

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