National Team assistant coach David Nakhid will be inducted into the American University Hall of Fame in a ceremony scheduled to take place at the Wardman Park Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C. on Saturday February 6, 2005.
At the event, which FIFA Vice President Jack Warner has been invited to attend, the University will also be launching their athletics.
Capital campaign to raise US$7.5 million. Another teammate of Nakhid during his period at the University between 1983-86, Michael Brady will also be inducted. Also among the inductees will be NBA player Kermit Washington who played for the Portland Trailblazers during the early 80s.
Nakhid noted that he was also the first ever graduate out of the United States College system to play First Division football in Europe when he joined Grasshoppers FC in 1988.Its an honour for me to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American University. There have been a lot of good personalities coming out of that school so that in itself made it even more of an honour to be rated with these people, Nakhid told TTFF Media following training on Friday.
The former national team skipper, who graduated at American with a double major in international relations, was drafted by Major Indoor Soccer League side Baltimore Blast before joining Grasshoppers FC in Switzerland. He later played for Waragem in Belgium and POAK Solanki in Greece before also lining up for New England Revolution in the MLS and Al Ansar in Lebanon. During his time at American, Nakhid also lined up alongside local players Barry Henderson, Dwayne Gonsalves and Troy Regis. Current national team player Avery John also attended later on.
I think part of the reason for my induction is also because of something that a lot of people are not aware of which is me being the first player to graduate from the US College system to play professionally in a First Division in Europe, Nakhid said.
When quizzed about his desire to don the national team shirt again if needed, Nakhid laughed, especially having heard comments that he looks to be one of the fitter men on the pitch these days in national team sessions.
I am prepared for any occasion. Whatever the team needs I will deliver. My fitness right now is no accident, its because Ive kept up with the times, he said.