He shall however continue to feature for Dempo SC when they defend their title come next season and participate in the continental competition.
“After representing the country for last ten years I thought the time has come that I should give chance to youngsters to prove their mettle on the international stage.”
“The thought of retirement was playing in my mind for quite some time, but I always wanted to quit on a high.
“And now that my club Dempo SC has emerged champion in this I-League, I wouldn’t have waited for a better occasion. And also that AIFF is going to announce its team in next two to three days, I thought I should better communicate my decision in advance,” Naik was quoted saying.
The 32 year old has won several laurels with the Blue Tigers – Nehru Cup (twice), LG Cup, SAFF Championship (twice) and Challenge Cup. He also plied his trade under several coaches ranging from Stephen Constantine, Bob Houghton, Sukhwinder Singh, Armando Colaco and Savio Medeira.
“All were good in their own rights. They all had their distinct style of coaching and I learnt a lot from them. Their coaching benefited me a lot as it only helped me in improving my game.” he diplomatically replied.
Naik last featured in the Challenge Cup wherein India lost all their group matches and failed to score a single goal in the three matches.
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