Mumbai FC registered their first win of the campaign as they came from two goals down to beat Sporting Clube de Goa 3-2 at the Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune last week.
One of the main protagonists for Khalid Jamil’s side was Haroon Amiri, their Afghani utility footballer, who has been with the club since last season.
The player was understandably upbeat after the game and felt the manner of the victory, given that they were trailing 2-0, would boost the morale of the squad and help them move further ahead this season.
He told Goal.com, “After 4 games where we were unlucky to lose, the win obviously makes us feel good. We have got our confidence back and hope to keep playing like this. We will surely do well if we continue like this.”
Amiri did not feel that a poor start to the season meant Mumbai FC will be involved in a relegation tussle. He insisted that the team, with several new players on its roster, was steadily improving.
He commented, “The season has only just begun. We are a new team and have bought in several young players, who are now mixing together as a unit. We are improving and it is a long season ahead of us yet.”
Another notable feature of the game was that the Afghani player started at centre-back before moving into midfield and finally finishing the game even further upfield. He rounded off a commendable performance by scoring a cracking winner.
The versatile footballer himself though doesn’t favour any single position, and is ready to play wherever coach Khalid Jamil decides.
“I like playing everywhere. Wherever the coach thinks I can have an effect on the game, I am ready to play.”
While Mumbai FC have not had much support during their games in Pune, a faithful contingent of fans turn up at every game to cheer Amiri on specifically. Speaking about his stint in India, the Afghani revealed, “It is very good to play in India. I feel at home here and people are very helpful here. I hope to play here for a long time as I enjoy playing here.”
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