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The Mumbai FC gaffer heaped praise on the national coach under whom he completed the first phase of the professional coaching license.

GOALBY   RAHUL BALI     Follow @rahulatma on twitter

Mumbai FC had their worst start to the I-League last season where they lost their opening four matches. They faced Sporting Clube de Goa next and found themselves trailing 2-0 down after 18 minutes. That brought them to life as they scored two goals before the end of the first half. Haroon Amiri scored the winner in the 89th minute to help them register their first points. It was this victory which kick-started their season.

Khalid Jamil is hoping that they shall start their campaign on a brighter note against Sporting this time around. Goals are scored aplenty in this encounter as in the last three occasions, these sides met –the citadel has been breached 14 times.

“Sporting are a strong team. They finished the last season well under their coach (Oscar Bruzon Barreras). They play a good brand of football and have been in an impressive form in the Goa League, which I have been following,” Jamil told Goal.

“Last year we started slow. It was a case of playing well and losing. Thereafter we won against Sporting and we embarked on a winning run. This year we will see how we perform in the first three matches and then decide the target for us,” he added.

One of the criticisms against Jamil’s side has been their physical play and the coach mentioned that he isn’t concerned by what the rest of the coaches think about his team.

“You shouldn’t criticise anyone. Each coach has a job to do and let them decide how they want to do it. All those who were criticising us are nowhere to be seen now. Yes, we are a physical side and there is nothing wrong about it.”

The former India international was part of the group which underwent the AFC Professional coaching license course in Mumbai under the tutelage of Rob Baan, India’s technical director, and Wim Koevermans, India coach.

“I have to say that my outlook towards coaching has changed following the professional license course. I hold Wim Koevermans in high regard. It was good to learn from him – stuff like how to watch an opponent, how to tackle the players, matchday preparations and so on. I utilized every minute of the course and I haven’t come across a better teacher than Koevermans.

"At the end of each class, I would wait for the next day for the class to begin. I am someone who doesn’t listen to others and back myself. But I must admit that he has taught me some new concepts which I was ignorant of.”


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