The Sporting winger talks on a plethora of topics ranging his ambition to get into the national team to winning the league this term...
In an exclusive interview with Goal, Beevan D’Mello spoke on life after the Federation Cup and being second best to Churchill Brothers. The cheerful midfielder from Sporting Club de Goa was in a jubilant mood as he also spoke about his chances to get into the Indian national team.
Excerpts from the interview.
Goal: What do you make of your team’s Federation Cup campaign?
BM: It disappointing because the full group worked really hard especially since we qualified from the group of death with Bengaluru FC, Rangdajied United and East Bengal.
Goal: You have got some decent playing time at Sporting. Are you happy with your stint so far?
BM: At Sporting I’m happy now because I’m getting more play time and I have played almost the full Federation Cup. I would like to thank my boss Peter Vaz for getting me to Sporting and the manager and everybody involved that helped me with the transfer from Salgaocar. I also like to thank my players as well. Everything has the right balance here and everybody has helped me throughout the season and I am gaining confidence because of playing a lot of games in the Federation Cup. I think I’m becoming a better player.
Goal: You have been included in our Team of the Federation Cup. How pleased are you being named amongst the best performers?
BM: It is very satisfying thing for me because I worked hard. It’s a small reward when you have worked really hard to be in the team of the Federation Cup. I’m pleased that Goal has noticed me to put me in that team. It’s really a happy moment for me.
Goal: After your Federation Cup a performance, what effect has it had on your confidence?
BM: As an individual I have grown in confidence and I hope I can carry this in the I-League which is going to start soon. We missed out narrowly in the Federation Cup finals and now we have to rectify it by doing well in the I-League because we really have a good chance to win it .Sporting has been one of the consistent teams of the I-League and the Federation Cup. This is down to our coach (Oscar Bruzon) and the management which always says to take it one game at a time. We always think about the next game and that has really helped us to keep this consistency.
Goal: Do you think that you have much to improve to become one of the best players in your position?
BM: I have achieved a certain level at the Federation Cup and so I need to make that count. Firstly it is to play regularly, Secondly it is to gain the confidence and finally to improve on a personal level. Performance should not come down. I think I can improve; you can never sit on your laurels. I know I can improve because I have played consistently in the Federation Cup.
Goal: What do you make of your chances to make it into Wim Koevermans’ plans for the national team?
BM: The coach was there at the Federation Cup and I don’t know if I have managed to impress him but I’m hoping I have. If he thinks I’m good he will definitely select me. I’m just hoping he does. I worked really hard for it and every player dreams to play for the national team. That is the highest honour any player can have.
Goal: How high are your hopes of winning the first I-League title for Sporting this season?
BM: We have realistic hopes of winning the I-League because we are second placed and we have a game in hand. If we keep the consistency going we know we are definitely there in the title race. We have to be ready now because of the gap after the Federation Cup and we are going to really go for it.
Goal: What’s your target for this season – final word?
BM: I would like to thank everybody in Sporting from the coach and the management to the players for helping me settle in the team and I hope we win something at the end of the year.