He also played a significant part in the club’s 2018 Allsvenskan season, helping his team finish in fourth place, narrowly missing out on UEFA Europa League qualification.
The Kurdish athlete began his football career in 2006 when he signed for local club BK Forward in Sweden.
He would go on to play for Malmö FF, making 127 appearances and scoring 22 goals.
In 2014, Hamad signed for German club 1899 Hoffenheim, during which he spent a couple of seasons out on loan to the club’s division two side before a move to Standard Liège in Belgium.
Hamad has represented the Swedish national team eight times at senior level.
However, he was not in the squad which traveled to Russia for the 2018 World Cup.
The 28-year-old footballer was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, but his family originates from Ranya, in the Kurdistan Region’s province of Sulaimani.
Editing by John J.