Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], January 28 (ANI): Indian Arrows younger defender Sajad Hussain Parray termed the expertise of enjoying in the continuing I-league as a ‘nice boon’.
With simply seconds left to play and the Indian Arrows in want of a purpose to equalise, defender Sajad had stepped as much as the plate and rose highest in the penalty space to move residence a nook kick and register his first-ever I-League purpose.
“When I started playing as a young child, I always wanted to play in the Hero I-League. However, I never even imagined that I would get this opportunity at such a young age and early stage in my career. I’m really grateful for this amazing chance,” stated Sajad in a chat with www.i-league.org.
“We are improving and growing in confidence with each match we play. For most of us, it is the first time at this level. But, with every game, we are learning so much and the whole experience is such a great boon for us. For young players our age, this is the best platform and seeing so many former Arrows players (such as Pritam Kotal, Gurpreet Singh, Amarjit Singh, etc.) go on to play for the senior national team is such a massive motivation,” he added.
The defender, who was scouted and chosen for the India U-15 junior nationwide staff in 2018, has been a part of the AIFF Academy set-up on the Kalinga Stadium Complex in Bhubaneswar, which has been set-up in collaboration with the Government of Odisha.
The identical batch has now progressed to the Indian Arrows in the I-League as a part of their long-term growth programme with a watch on the following cycle of the AFC U-19 Championship qualifiers.
“We learned a lot and grew as individual players and as a team during our time in Odisha. The facilities were very good – from the ground, food, support staff, gym etc. The atmosphere was really healthy and great for our development. I am thankful for it,” stated Sajad.
He additionally talked concerning the expertise gained from the assorted publicity excursions that the staff has taken half in over the past two years, saying, “My first tournament was the SAFF U-15 Championship in Nepal and then we played tournaments in UAE, South Africa, etc. Playing against strong foreign teams made us more confident and grow as a team and become mentally tougher.”Now with the Arrows’ I-League marketing campaign in full swing, Sajad feels that the earlier publicity and the staff’s bonding helps them immensely as they make the step as much as the senior stage in the Hero I-League, the place they go up in opposition to quite a lot of seasoned professionals and overseas imports.
“Compared to junior football, the level of the game in the Hero I-League is much, much higher and requires a completely different match temperament. Playing as an all-Indian team against such high-quality players and teams is a challenge,” stated Sajad.
“But since we have already faced so many tough and competitive teams before, it is helping us adapt to this competition,” the teen, who devoted his Hero of the Match award to his teammates added.
The Indian Arrows go up in opposition to Chennai City FC, one other former I-League champion staff, in their subsequent sport. The match is scheduled to happen on Friday. (ANI)