Gouramangi Moirangthem believes that every player should take up the opportunity to undergo a trial at an European club as it is a learning experience of a different kind.
The Manipuri who recently spent close to a month with Danish club FC Vestsjælland, stated that playing a top quality opposition and sharing the dressing room with them are two different propositions altogether.
“It was a good experience to trial and train with FCV in Denmark. I am thankful to FCV, IMG-R and Red Bull India for backing me to be on trial. Opportunities to try out in Europe in a top division club are rare and I would recommend it to any player to take up the opportunity if it does come up and would do it myself again if the chance came. A playing career is short maybe 12-to-15 years so we must take up every chance that we get.
“Any amount of time spent in a top club is useful as its not only about what happens on the field but also the professional approach off the field from the players and staff that is something we can pick up or learn from. Playing against a top country or team is something but sharing the dressing room day in and out with top professionals is a different learning experience altogether.”
The former Churchill Brothers centre-back was livid about his chances of making the cut at the club and said, “Seeing the team there I don’t think I would have fit in to the first team in the middle of the season as they play at a much superior level. The Danish Superliga is several levels higher than we have here. I wish I could have come through the youth system of such a club.
“Subrata (Paul) being a goalkeeper stands a better chance of making an impact in Denmark and will have to fight for his place in the team and make a name for himself there.”
The 26-year old was one of the few bright spots at the SAFF Championship where India lost the finals to Afghanistan. On being asked if making a comeback into the national fold was on his mind, he quipped, “
Right now I have just resumed training with Rangdajied United FC and have not thought beyond this. I will try my best to do well for the team and I’m thankful that they have shown trust in me. The rest is something that will take its own path.”
Sunil Chhetri broke Bhaichung Bhutia’s record of maximum goals scored for the country as the former has 43 strikes to his name. Gouramangi backed the Bengaluru FC striker to come good for India in the coming years and thereby set more records.
“Sunil has a fantastic goal scoring rate for India. I hope he gets many more goals for India. I was there when Bhaichung broke the earlier record and it’s good to see that Sunil has filled in his role in the centre forward position. Records are meant to be broken and I think Sunil being a great team mate is the one who will set many more records going ahead. “
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