I want more people to come and support us: Taisuke Matsugae

Mumbai FC's key man Taisuke Matsugae in action

Mumbai FC’s new midfield maestro Taisuke Matsugae has been in fine form of late and has been a shining light in their campaign so far. Bought in from Shillong Lajong Taisuke has seamlessly gelled into life at Cooperage.

We had an exclusive interview with the Mumbai FC midfielder ahead of his side’s game against Royal Wahingdoh and he portrayed a focused and a humble man striving to do his bit for his side.

Last week’s win was huge boost in confidence for everyone at Mumbai FC and Taisuke feels the win has brought a smile on the team’s face. “Everyone is happy. We won a match after a long time and it felt good. We are a happy bunch now”.

Mumbai FC have managed to gather four vital points at home. The Cooperage stadium, which saw top flight football return after a gap of five years, has had good crowd in the first two games. But Taisuke feels more people should come and support his side and fill up the empty seats in the stadium.

“This is my first season here, so I don’t know what the scenario was here before. But many a times I see that some seats are empty. I want more and more people to come and support us and fill the stadium”.

Taisuke was critical about his own performances this season, especially his last one against Salgaocar. “My last performance was not so good. In the first half, I misplaced four passes which is not good”.

It’s this critic in him that helps the Japanese stay grounded, helping him grow as a player.
Taisuke Matsugae will be facing familiar foes on Friday when Mumbai FC play Royal Wahingdoh. Taisuke who was at Shillong Lajong last season has faced Royal Wahingdoh before, but feels tomorrow’s game will be completely different as Royal Wahingdoh has changed a lot since his time in Shillong.

“I have played against Royal Wahingdoh many times in the past when I was at Shillong. But now they are a totally different side with a new coach, new foreign players and new Indian players too. So it will be a lot different since I faced them during my time in Shillong”.

As Taisuke settled into life as Mumbai FC player, he is still getting used to life as a Mumbaikar. “I like Shillong and Mumbai both. About Mumbai, I like some things and some I don’t. Mumbai is a big city, so travelling for training becomes a problem sometimes due to the traffic. But the city is nice”.

Taisuke has a huge role to play in this season’s I-League especially with Climax Lawrence struggling with his fitness. Whatever Mumbai FC goes on to achieve it is clear that Taisuke will have a big part to play in that. There is no doubt whatsoever that Taisuke Matsugae is a shrewd bit of business by Khalid Jamil and one which will serve him well as the season progresses.

SSE BFC to conduct trials for U9 to U17 age group players

SSE BFC Soccer School will be conducting fresh trials this month for players aged below 17 to be part of their football program SSE BFC Soccer Schools is a football…


India Khelo Football Season 3 Trials for Mumbai and Thane are here

India Khelo Football (IKF) is back with Season 3 of its widely acclaimed trials with an aim to cover more than 50 cities this time around. After the resounding success…


Mastering the Art of Football Trials: Key Pre-Trial Factors to Keep in Mind

Football trials are a critical juncture for aspiring players to showcase their skills and secure a spot in a team. To maximize your chances of success, it’s essential to tailor your approach based on your playing position as well as keeping in mind a few pre-trial factors.


Somaiya Sports Academy to conduct trials for MFA 2nd Division campaign

Somaiya Sports Academy is looking for passionate young football players for the Somaiya Sports Academy Football Team to compete in the MFA 2nd Division League 2023-2024. If selected, you will…


BFC Soccer Schools – Mumbai to conduct trials for U14 & U16 Girls

The BFC Soccer Schools Elite team girls’ trials are coming up in search of talented players from the U14 to U16 (Born 2009 and after) age groups into the club’s…


Opportunity to make the team: U.K.M. Kothrud FC conducts selection trials for girls team

Pune-based U.K.M. Kothrud FC has announced that they will be conducting selection trials for their girl’s team on 15th January 2023 The club welcomes all players to come and showcase…


The Sunday Football League Season 4 is back

The Sunday Football League is back with its fourth season, and it’s shaping up to be the best one yet. With eight talented teams competing at the Kes Kandivali turf, there…


BFC Soccer Schools Elite team trials in Feb

Bengaluru FC launched their Mumbai program last season with the Soccer Schools and Elite programs with its local partner Soccer Schools of Excellence (SSE).  Bengaluru Football Club is a professional club…


India Khelo Football Season 2 Trials in Mumbai: A Chance to Kickstart Your Football Career

After conducting trials in 34 cities & villages across India, India Khelo Football is coming to Mumbai to hunt talent on 7th January. India Khelo Football kickstarted its season 2…


Mumbai Customs to conduct trials for Elite League

Former champions Mumbai Customs will be holding open trials for the upcoming MFA Elite Corporate League (Elite Division) The 2019 MFA Elite Division champions Mumbai Customs are conducting open trials…