We are ready to play in the Federation Cup: Khalid Jamil

Khalid Jamil

Q. How has the preparation for the Fed Cup been going?

Ans. It’s been really good. We have played nine matches in the MDFA Elite Division which helps in building the fitness levels of the players. Overall it’s been a fantastic pre-season. We are ready to play in the Federation Cup.

Q. Any injuries going into the tournament?

Ans. Paresh Shivalkar is sadly injured. I cannot comment on how long he will be out yet. Otherwise everyone is fit. We are allowed to only take 20 players to the tournament so I had a headache of choosing what players I can take.

Q. What’s the biggest strength of your team?

Ans. I would say the team has a lot of unity. I remember you asked me this question on team unity earlier too and I said that I wanted to wait and watch. I am really happy to see my team bonding so well. There is a good mixture of junior and senior players and everyone is combining well when they play. Now it’s time to put what we practiced in the training ground on the football pitch of Fatorda.

Q. Looking back at the previous disappointments in the Fed Cup how motivated are you to take this team as far as possible in the tournament?

Ans. It’s best not to dwell on the past. We want to do well in this tournament. The first match will be important as it will help build momentum and rhythm.

Q. Can Mumbai win the Federation Cup?
Ans. Why not? It’s a very good squad. But I prefer keeping my objectives short-term. My main focus is the match against Royal Wahingdoh. I am not thinking about the rest of the matches right now. I prefer taking it one match at a time.

Q. As a player you participated in the Fed Cup a few times. Could you share some good memories?

Ans. Yes, I do have some good memories. During my second stint at Mahindra United, we won the Federation Cup twice (2003 & 2005). It’s a very coveted tournament and I really want my team to experience winning it.

Q. Last but not the least! How does it feel to be a Pro Licensed coach?

Ans. I am happy to have achieved such a feat. I started my coaching career with the Mumbai FC youth team and then David Booth handed me the responsibility of becoming the gaffer here. It’s been a fantastic journey as a coach.

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