The Next Star?


Chris Mattingly

There’s a lot of students at Butler who you might not know about. I wanted to highlight a student in particular that you may not know. 

Meet Junior  Mohamed Jilani, many of you might not have known him for hat long or at all due to this being his first year as a Butler Bear. He is a transfer from Seneca High school. He is a member of the boys soccer team and a very good friend of mine. Here’s just a little bit about Mohamed. 

Mohamed was born in Kenya but he grew up and moved to Louisville at a young age. He has played soccer for most of his life. His biggest inspiration for wanting to play soccer is the legendary Portugal player Cristiano Ronaldo. Jillani’s position in soccer is forward/striker . A forward in soccer is the primary attackers that  play closest to the opposite goal. Their main objective is to score goals. 

There has been a lot of good forwards for Butler Soccer such as Irakoze Chartier and Hat’e Dievin. Mohamed Jilani looks to make that list. Jillani has played for club teams such as Javanon, and Falls City. Jillani comes from a family with soccer experience. His brother Faysal Jillani was a standout player at Fairdale High that has set many records. Faysal now plays at Spalding University. Mohamed hopes to continue that tradition of playing soccer in college and hopefully one day be a pro soccer player. 

Jiliani says he came to Butler because he heard from many of his friends that it was a great school with a very good soccer program. His favorite soccer memory was winning the 3v3 nationals with his club team last summer. His favorite Butler Soccer memory so far was the 6th Region Semifinal where the team beat Fern Creek in PK’S along with the glorious celebration when the team rushed the field at Desales, when we won the PK Shootout against Fern Creek. 

Jillani is currently looking to attend either The University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, or Indiana University for college. He hopes that Butler will get to have a soccer season for the 2020-2021 school season. He says one of his goals for this season is to bring a state title to the program.  He would also like to keep playing for his club team Falls City.

We will have to see what’s next for the talented Mohamed Jillani. I got a feeling you will be hearing that name many times in the future I have a feeling we will be hearing that name many times in the near future…