I-League 2017: Aizawl's Khalid Jamil pleased with his players

Comments()
I-League
After winning the first Northeastern derby of the season, the Aizawl FC manager is pleased that his side overcame 2 penalties awarded against them...

Aizawl FC are on a good run of form, having bagged 7 points from a possible 9 in the I-League so far. The latest of them was a 2-1 win over Northeastern rivals Shillong Lajong at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Aizawl on Tuesday, 17th January. 

Speaking to the press after the victory, Aizawl head coach Khalid Jamil credited his boys for having maintained their composure despite Shillong being awarded a penalty early on, which they spurned. He said, "I'm very happy because my boys never lost their concentration (after the penalty). They played positive football and I'm happy with it. We deserve the 3 points today. We played to our best and we won. I'm already looking forward to the next match." 

Report: Aizawl 2-1 Shillong

"All our players are playing well. Albino Gomes' anticipation was good for the first penalty. He almost saved 2nd penalty too. Lalruatthara kept running up and down. Jayesh (Rane) played well. (Mahmoud) Al-Amenah too," he added. 

Shillong were awarded another penalty late on which was scored but Khalid Jamil refused to get drawn into a discussion over the penalty decisions. "I thought the first one was a penalty and the second one, I couldn't see. I think the referee knows better. He is closer to the incident. As we've won the game, we do not have any problem," he expressed. 

United target Griezmann

The 39-year-old manager also revealed why he had to withdraw Ivorian forward Kamo Stephane Bayi from the squad minutes before kick off. "He was present in the final team practice (before the game) but he was not perfect. He was 50-50 with respect to participating in the match. In the warm-ps, he felt some pain again and I did not want to take a chance," he admitted. 

The ex-Mumbai FC coach is now preparing to take on his former team in Mumbai and he feels his knowledge of the playing conditions at the Cooperage will be an advantage for his new team. "Definitely (It is an advantage). I'm going there to get 3 points for Aizawl FC," he concluded.  

 

Article continues below

 

 

 

Close