Tuesday , April 16 2024

Sajid Dar: Learning Experience for Players Against North Korea!

After losing 8-0 against hosts North Korea in their opening match, the Indian Women’s Senior National Team locks horns against South Korea on April 05, 2017 at the Kim II Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea. The kick-off for which is slated for 3PM IST.

In an exclusive interview, Head Coach Sajid Dar talks about the North Korea match, opponents South Korea, the Indian Team’s preparation and a lot more. EXCERPTS:

How was the match against North Korea?

We stood our ground for ninety minutes and although the score-line was harsh on us, the Players played with a fighting spirit. North Korea are one of the best Teams in the World and it was evident on the ground that we were the second Team.

Was it a learning experience?

It was more than a learning experience. You don’t get to play against some of the best Teams in the world often and when you clash against them, the experience makes you a mature Player. In Football, you don’t lose, you win or you learn. We learnt a lot when we played North Korea.

For a Team whose average age is 22 years, how important is it to play against tougher opponents?

Playing against tougher opponents gives you an unexplainable match experience, which develops you as a Player. It helps in the overall development of the Team as well, as Players get to learn to gel together in extreme pressure situations.

Our Team has 4 Players (Kashmina, Poonam Sharma, Ratanbala Devi, Sweety Devi) that progressed from the Indian U-19 Team to the Senior Team. Also we have Players in our squad like Dalima Chhibber, Anju Tamang, Dangmei Grace and Panthoi who are hardly 21. For these young Players, the match experience is immense.

India plays South Korea next. How do you rate the opponents?

We have utmost respect for our opponents. When we last played South Korea, we lost by a big margin in the Asian Games in 2014 (Incheon, South Korea). Hopefully, that will not be the case this time around as we will give them a tough fight.

How is the morale in the squad after the loss against North Korea?

We are taking one match at a time and our complete focus is on South Korea. Winning and losing are parts of life, you have to look forward and keep moving forward.

by AIFF Media

About Press Release

Check Also

Thrilling AFC Futsal Asian Cup 2024 to kick off in Thailand!

The Continent’s top 16 teams will embark on a quest for ultimate supremacy on the …