Punjabi teenager Brandon Khela became the first British South Asian to represent Birmingham City’s men’s first-team in the club’s Carabao Cup win against Cheltenham Town.
Khela came on as a late substitute in Birmingham’s 2-0 victory on Tuesday night. Junior Bacuna scored both goals as Birmingham followed up their opening weekend draw against Swansea by easing past their League One opponents to take their place in the second round of the Carabao Cup
Brandon’s father Dov Khela told Sky Sports News: “Naturally, it is a really proud moment for the family. We’re delighted to see Brandon rewarded for his efforts with this historic debut for Birmingham City.”
Speaking to BluesTV after the game, Brandon said: “I’m buzzing, I’m over the moon. It was a really proud moment for me and my family. I’m just happy we won the game as well. It was a great night really.”
Khela played for Birmingham City’s U23s last season and signed his first professional contract at the club a little over a year ago.