I-League: I Am Enjoying My First Season In The Top Flight - Sporting's Adil Khan

The in-form youngster is relishing his first I-League campaign...
Sporting Clube de Goa have been without a doubt the worst team in this season’ I-League so it is not a surprise to see them in the last position.

However the Goan club has been in some decent form with just one defeat in their last six matches. One player who has played a vital role in their improvement is young Adil Khan.

The 21 year old has been at Sporting since 2008 but didn’t make a single appearance in the I-League last season because of a ligament injury.

This term he had a knee operation so was unavailable for the first part of the campaign but Adil has been a regular in recent matches and has got on the scoresheet in both of Sporting’s wins.

Speaking to Goal.com, he expressed his delight on making such a big impact, “I am very happy with my form. This is my first season in the top flight so I am trying to enjoy every second of it. Scoring two goals was great but more importantly the team is back on track.”

Adil is currently playing in central midfield but did make his debut at right back. However his natural position is central defence. The youngster admits that adapting to a new position was difficult but now that he is playing well, he doesn’t want to play in any other position.

“At junior level, I used to play in central defence so I am more comfortable playing there. Initially it was difficult for me to play in midfield but slowly I got used to it.

“Now I am very happy playing there so I don’t want to return to the defence.” (smiles)

Adil started to learn the game at Vasco but in 2002 he joined Sesa Football Academy where he played under current Sporting coach Vishwas Gaonkar.

He spent six years at Sesa and matured as a player there so he is very happy to once again play under the guidance of Gaonkar.

“When I was at Sesa, I played under him (Vishwas Gaonkar) so he knows me and my game very well. Therefore it was good to see him back at Sporting and his return has really rejuvenated everyone.”

Sporting are still rock bottom but are now six points off safety. Adil feels if they can continue to play the way they have been in recent games they do have a great chance of avoiding the drop.

“We are in decent form and have got a few good results but there is still a long way to go so we have to be consistent. I feel if we play as a team and get a bit of luck then we can definitely avoid relegation.”

Lastly Adil stated his targets for the remainder of the season and talked about his career ambitions.

“There are seven more games in the I-League so I want to start each of those games and help my team achieve its target.

“My dream is to play for India and I want to first get into the Under-23 side so I have to keep working hard and hope for the best outcome,” he concluded.

Sporting continue their great escape with a home fixture against JCT on Wednesday.

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