Korce – From Iran to Albania, eighteen-year old forward Reza Karimi is definitely on a different football path in comparison to fellow Iranian footballers such as Sardar Azmoun and Saeid Ezatolahi, who currently ply their trade for Rostov in the Russian Premier League.
The eighteen year-old forward from Ardabil made six appearances for Gostaresh Foolad during the 2015-2016 Iranian Pro League season.
In a surprising move, Karimi joined Albanian Superliga side Skenderbeu Korce last summer but finally saw his first bit of action on 1 February away from home against Laci in an Albanian Cup match.
Trailing 1-0 late in the match it looked as if Skenderbeu were on their way to a defeat but second half substitute Karimi provided the remedy with a cross that was volleyed home by Tefik Osmani to secure a 1-1 draw. The return leg will be played in Korce on 15 February.
Skenderbeu started the season on top with six consecutive victories but currently find themselves third in the Superliga table with thirty-five points trailing Kukesi by four points and Partizani Tirana on goal difference.
Karimi is eagerly anticipating his debut in the Albanian Superliga but he also knows that he must make a positive impression and get his fair share of appearances if he wants to be called up to participate in the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup in South Korea.
Skenderbeu will face Korabi Peshkopi away from home on 6 February. Karimi is ready to make a name for himself and help Skenderbeu win the Albanian Superliga.