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It Was An Emotional Win Against Mumbai: Khalid Jamil

Sunday, 5 March 2017|John Zothansanga

Khalid Jamil was overflowing with emotions after his side Aizawl FC notched up a thrilling 2-0 win against Mumbai FC, thus doing a double over his former club - thanks to a second half brace from Kamo Stephane Bayi

The former India international Khalid was written off by many this season when he joined Aizawl FC. He has, however, replied his critics in grand style, guiding the Mizoram-based club to the second spot in the league standings the, one point shy of East Bengal with only six matches left to play.

When quizzed about any special motivation before facing his former club, Khalid said, "To be honest with you all, it was a bit emotional for me to face them and win on two occasions. I worked with them for nine years; they are the one who showed me their belief when no one else in this business had the guts to keep faith in me. In return, I gave them all I had, and there is no such thing as 'revenge' in my mind. I just did what I had to do as Aizawl FC coach."

Khalid Jamil also heaped praise on his players for their 'never-say-die' attitude and the hard work. He also went on to praise goal scorer Kamo, "The great thing about Kamo is he is a team player. He never played for himself. He wants the team to win and he always plays for three points. I am happy that he helped the team with the two goals today. He is maturing match by match."

"I would also like to thank the fans for their support. They are getting better with each passing day, keeping us enthusiastic in the process. They were backing us the whole 90 minutes and it did really help us win the game," he went on to add.

Meanwhile Mumbai FC coach Santosh Kashyap went for excuses and said, “Yesterday we were late for our practice for more than four hours beacuse of the traffic due to Chapchar Kut festival celebration in the city, which meant we had less time for practice. And most of my players had their problem with the higher altitude. They were tired."

The former Royal Wahingdoh coach, however, admitted that the deserving team won the match, "With amazing fan support throughout the match, the beautiful songs, the beautiful drum beats and the players' enthusiasm, Aizawl FC deserved to win. The best team won the match today." 

"It would be nice if we have this kind of fan culture everywhere in India," he signed off.