SEATTLE, WA — Seattle Stars FC will kick off in the new Evergreen Premier League in May of 2014. Right now the club is playing in the Starfire Premier League and attracting local players with all sorts of international connections. One such ‘Star’ is Kamal Hassan, a very big name in Fiji National Team Soccer, Beach Soccer and Futsal.
Fiji soccer star Kamal Hassan is playing with Seattle Stars FC ahead of their 2014 debut in the EPLWA. (Seattle Stars photo.)
The 29-year-old attacker from Navosa, is just the sort of guy that Seattle Stars FC have in mind when they say they want to discover and give chances to footballers outside the typical US “system.”
In June of 2012 OceanaFootball.com announced Hassan’s departure and move to the United States. “Kamal has moved to the US and will be looking to join a club there,” his former club,Lautoka, confirmed. The multi-talented Hassan has captained his country’s futsal and beach soccer national teams and was a nominee for the OFC Player of the Year award in 2009.
Hassan was named Fiji Footballer of the Year in 2009.
Hassan has recently played locally for Seattle’s Island Strikers FC, and is now with the Stars. He had great success with the Strikers, who play in Kent’s Liga Azteca. The Strikers represented Seattle in this year’s North American Fiji Soccer Association (NAFSA) nationals. Kamal scored 24 goals to win the Liga Azteca Golden Boot in 2012.
Kamal Hassan is given a player award in Hayward CA this summer as the Island Strikers traveled to national NAFSA competition. (Islanders Facebook)
Kamal Hassan, at left, with an Island Strikers FC (Seattle) teammate. (Islanders Facebook)
In 2008 Hassan scored eight goals for Fiji Futsal in a win over Tuvalu. He was named team captain in 2010. ”I’m really happy to be chosen as captain and I’d like to thank the coaching staff for giving me the lead role,” he said at the time.
Hassan scores for Fiji Futsal. (Fiji Times)
Hassan (left) at practice for Fiji Beach Soccer. (Fiji Times)
Hassan has scored important goals during his career, for both club and country. In August 2009 his header led his club onward in a Fiji competition. In 2010 he suffered a setback when his arm was broken in a match. Previously he missed time with a knee injury as well.
Now Kamal is living in Seattle, in the states on a five-year multiple visa.