The Mumbai FC tactician believes that Yusif Yakubu hasn’t slowed down unlike his peers...
Khalid Jamil was pleased to take a point against United Sports Club in a 1-1 draw at the Kalyani Stadium on Wednesday.
An injury time goal from a Nicholas Rodrigues free-kick helped his team to take an important point after trailing to the game thanks to an Eric Brown goal in the 43rd minute.
“At one point I thought we would end up on the losing side, but then the goal was scored. It's good to take home one point, especially after our bad show in the Federation Cup.
“That was a brilliantly taken free-kick by Nicholas. It was from 20 yards away and beating a goalkeeper like Sangram (Mukherjee) is fantastic. We didn't play well in the first half and in the break, I told my boys to go and attack. They (United Sports Club) became too defensive in the last few minutes and also included an extra defender. That actually made our job easy,” he said.
Ranti Martins has quit the Kolkata outfit and has sealed a move to Rangdajied United in order to help the latter stay up in their debut season in the I-League.
“Ranti is a brilliant player and certainly they will miss him. But, they also put up a good fight even without him. Adekunle Waheed was playing his first match and he looked good on the ball.
“It would have been great to win the match, but we wasted a few chances. Now we can't take any of the future ties lightly and have to try and win the next match against Bengaluru,” he mentioned.
The good news for Mumbai FC is that most of their players have recovered from injury concerns and Sandesh Gadkari could be the latest on that list. He also defended his Ghanaian striker Yusif Yakubu who was deemed to be slow by critics.
“I don't have any injury woes as of now and a number of players have come back from injury. Sandesh will return in the next match.
“Yakubu is not slow at all. Maybe, he has grown older but still he is playing full 90 minutes. He has not become a player of 60-to-70 minutes, like many of his age.”
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