Young lad from Hoogley Imran Khan, became over night sensation in Kolkata maidan by scoring the winning goal against mighty East Bengal in yesterday’s crucial Calcutta Football League encounter. THIF correspondent Koushik Paul cought up with him on Monday morning where Imran spoke about on Mohammedan’s historic win over East Bengal after six long years.
THIF: First match of the season was against defending champions East Bengal, how was the pressure going in to that match?
Imran: Yes there are pressure as it was our first of the season and playing against a big team like East Bengal there are allways some extra pressure to perform because fans don’t want to lose this kind of matches.
THIF: How it feels to score against them?
Imran: See every player wants to do well against teams like East Bengal & Mohun Bagan, and there are no exception in my case, yes i am very happy to score against them but i am more happy because my goal bought crucial victory for my team.
THIF: There are some big players in East Bengal team, like Ranti Martins, Mehtab Hossain, Arnab Mondal, Soumik Dey, facing them is there any nervousness on you side ?
Imran: They have lots of big players but we knew that the team which will play better football on the field will came out victorious, we have some senior players in our side as well like Phoolchand, Rajib da, Wasim, Nasim Bhai, Ashim da who will become eligible to play from next match, all over we have a strong unit and i am confident about good result.
THIF: Before this match East Bengal Armando Colaco said for him only East Bengal-Mohun Bagan match is derbey he don’t take this match as derbey, did his comment worked as extra motivation?
Imran: Every coach have his own point of view and we should not comment on that. Playing for Mohammedan is a big motivation it self, he may not think this match as a derbey but for fans it’s allways a derbey match.
THIF: What about your coach Tope Ayodeji Fuja?
Imran: Fuja sir is a very good coach and he is very friendly with all the players, for him every player is equal. We are very fortunate to have a coach like him.
THIF: Do you think you can challange for the Calcutta Football League title with such young team?
Imran: As i told you earlier we have good team and on our day we can challenge any team, once Ashim da, Alfred & Adelaja became eligible to play our team will become even stronger. Names dosen’t matter end of the you just have to play good football to win a match.
THIF: Any message for Mohammedan fans?
Imran: See it was only our first match still a long way to go so i would like request every one please stay behind the team and support us.