Salgaocar’s Rakesh Masih: I want to reclaim my place back in the national team

The Tata Football Academy graduate aims to do well at the Goan club and hopes of making his way back into the Indian national team...

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After spending five seasons with Mohun Bagan, Rakesh Masih revealed that he had already planned to join Salgaocar FC before the previous season had ended.

"It feels very good here in Goa," the 26-year-old told GOAL. "Speaking of which," he continued, "I had already decided that if I would play anywhere else or in Goa, then I'll join Salgaocar, because my Punjabi colleagues sold me the idea of joining the club.

"I had spoken with [Salgaocar's] goalkeeper coach 'Veeru bhai' (Virender Singh) and told him of my desire of coming here and that's how it progressed," he added.

Masih hasn’t made the cut for the national team for close to two years and the Punjabi lad is determined to put his career back on track and step up his performance in order to catch coach Wim Koevermans’ attention.

"For the last two years, in fact, that I'm not in the India team," he admitted. "I have been injured at Mohun Bagan and my performance also was not up to the mark last year. So this year I have come to Salgaocar with the aim to play well and reclaim my place in the India team."

Masih is known for his versatility given that he is adept at playing in midfield and the defense. On being asked his preferred position, he stated, "At present, the coach [Derrick Pereira] is playing me as a midfielder. I'll play in any position that he wants me to play. Ultimately I want to do whatever it takes to win trophies with Salgaocar," he concluded.

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