Brandon Khela becomes the first British South Asian to represent Birmingham City’s men’s first team

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    A talented teenager from Punjab, Brandon Khela, made history by becoming the first British South Asian player to represent Birmingham City’s men’s first-team in the Carabao Cup where his team emerged victoriously against Cheltenham Town. Birmingham City made a noticeable substitution in the match when they roped in Brandon Khela inside the pitch, where he contributed to his club’s 2-0 victory, and Junior Bacuna showcased his brilliant skills by scoring both decent goals.

    Birmingham City advancing to the second round

    Birmingham City drew their initial match against Swansea, and in the next match against Cheltenham Town, they showcased a dominant performance and comfortably advanced to the second round of the Carabao Cup. On the other hand, Brandon Khela had the opportunity to showcase his skills on the football field for Birmingham City’s U-23 side during the previous season. Additionally, he secured his initial professional contract with the club approximately one year ago.

    A proud moment for Brandon Khela

    Brandon Khela started playing football at the age of three and had the option of joining his hometown club Coventry City, but instead decided to transfer to Birmingham after being noticed by the team. And since then, Khela has participated in almost every age-group team. Indeed, Brandon Khela experienced a momentous debut, and coinciding with the celebration of South Asian Heritage Month, serves as a beacon of inspiration and optimism for a community that regrettably continues to face significant underrepresentation within the English football landscape.

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    He has a Sikh background, and he has also been a promising young player and has been an integral part of the Birmingham City family since 2014. Notably, he has proudly represented the club in multiple categories and is said to be demonstrating his talent on an international level by representing England at the youth level.

    Reports from the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), states that a mere 0.45 percent of professional footballers in the highest four divisions of English football come from the South Asian background, despite the fact that British South Asians constitute the largest single ethnic minority group in the nation. So in this low percentage it is indeed very relishing moment for Brandon Khela. Where there are a huge number of footballers coming to this place from Europe and American regions, Brandon Khela coming from his region is even more of a credit concerning a little amount of players are able to make it there.

    Khela in this regard

    Brandon Khela said in the post-match interaction, that, he is buzzing and he is over the moon. It was a really proud moment for him and my family, and he is just happy they won the game as well. It was a great night really. Brandon’s father Dov Khela said, that, naturally, it is a really proud moment for the familyThey are delighted to see Brandon rewarded for his efforts with this historic debut for Birmingham City.

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