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Our Mental Strength Won Us The Match : Khalid Jamil

Friday, 10 February 2017|John Zothansanga

Aizawl FC coach Khalid Jamil was all praise for his team's mental strength as they overcome Churchill Brothers 3-1 at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, here in Aizawl.

"I love the mentality of my players; I saw a great attitude and great commitment from all of them. At 1-0 you think you have the chance to lose a game that should be over, but we kept going again and had another go. In the end we won in a comfortable way. I see the will to win, now it's important to continue," he said. The former Mumbai coach, however, brushed aside title talks despite five wins from eight matches with his team trailing behind only East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.

"It might be too early for us to talk about the title. What we have to do now is to keep improving gradually, but let’s put this title talk behind," he insisted.

Aizawl FC were down to 1 goal with Churchill taking the lead through a penalty. However, another penalty, this time in favour of Aizawl FC helped them restored parity before Kamo scored his first goal of the league to take the lead. To put the icing on the cake, Nongklam scored an own goal to give the home side a 3-1 win.

Khalid Jamil congratulated Kamo for his first goal and said, "He keep waiting for this moment. A lot has been going around him, people want him to score. I totally understand that. But after walking through seven matches without goal he finally scored at the right time silencing his critics,"

"The great thing about this team is, whoever you are, the players want to help each other. Kamo missed an easy chance at the first half. But, none of them shouted at him, instead they lighten him up saying mistakes happens sometimes. That helps team a lot," he added citing his team togetherness as one of their strengths.

"Besides my foreign players Jayash Rane, Danmawia, MKa, Ruatthara and Albert, they all did well when given chances knocking the doors of the national football team," he continued.

Khalid Jamil might be happily walked away with the results, but the gaffer who put his blame on match officials is Churchill Brothers coach Alfred J. Fernandes. "It was the decision of the referee that killed the game for us. When Adil Khan was punished for his foul the referee thought it was not a penalty, but then come the linesman and the referee decided to point the spot. That penalty brought back Aizawl FC to the game," he said.