It was a day of mixed emotion at Pune FC. The club were ecstatic after a very impressive second placed finish, but there was also sadness in the air as they would be saying goodbye to their coach Derrick Pereira who will return to Goa to take charge at Salgaocar. The Red Lizard who ended their campaign on a high after defeating Pailan Arrows 2-0 at home will sorely miss the expertise of Derrick who had been with the club for the last four years.
Goal caught up with striker James Moga who has had a very good debut season with the Maharashtra club. The 29-year old was nominated for the FPAI Fans Player of the Year award.
“First we have to thank God. We just finished our season. We are second, without injury, all the players we are ok. I think we deserved to win this league. It’s part of football. So I would like to thank God for everything," said Moga to Goal.
On queried on how Derrick Pereira has had an influence in his playing career, Moga had only positive things to say about the outgoing coach.
“I want to thank Derrick because he gave me the confidence to play. I want to thank all the players who supported me and also the officials who supported me. Some games I was not on that level. They supported me till I returned to that level," commented the striker.
When asked whether he would win the Player of the Year award James replied saying, “I don’t know.”
Moga was happy with his performance in his first season at Pune.
“Yeah sure. I thank God. That’s me. I win I don’t win, I’m just happy because I did a good job with PFC and they finished second. I really appreciate tha," signed off the forward.
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