“We never give up – at least till the ball has crossed the goal-line” Anas Edathodika



Defending comes naturally to central defender Anas Edathodika. The no-nonsense defender who “debuted pretty late” for the Blue Tigers believes in just one mantra – “hard work.”



“I debuted pretty late for the National Team. It was my dream to play for my Country. I was not getting younger but kept on going. I believed that hard work could make it possible, and it worked,” he explained.



Pairing with club mate Sandesh Jhingan, Anas has formed a formidable pair at the back which has seen India qualify for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 after a span of eight years.



“The best thing that I like about our defensive line is that all of us are on the same page. Every one stays aware what’s the job of the other one, and we seldom venture out of positions. We try to perfectly implement what plan. We plan to play to our strengths rather than weaknesses,” he analysed. “We never give up – at least till the ball has crossed the goal-line.”



In reference, he preferred to walk down memory lane to his goal-line clearance against Kyrgyz Republic in Bengaluru, a match which India won 1-0, courtesy a dream strike from Sunil Chhetri.



“It was at the spur of the moment. I had little time to think. I just used my legs and kicked the ball away. But I had full faith that had I not got to the ball, then Sandesh would have. That match was so crucial enroute to our qualification to the Asian Cup,” he recollects.



“In modern day Football, every defender must know how to attack, and how to play the ball. Defenders can alone launch attacks from the defending halves through long balls. Defenders play such a pivotal role in the set-pieces,” he maintained.



With the Blue Tigers being the first ones among 24 participating teams to land in Abu Dhabi, Anas stays aware of the “tough job ahead.”



“Every team will present their own challenges and will be as tough as the other. You cannot pin point one team and say that they are tougher than the other. We will be playing tough nail-biting matches against all three opponents in the first round.”

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Kerala Blasters Football schools online registration form

Admissions opens for the Gokulam Kerala FC football academy

Kerala Blasters FC

Tata Football Academy announced the selection trial for next batch at various places across India

United Bengal Football Academy trials in Kolkata

We’re making too many mistakes: Indian Coach Igor Stimac

United Punjab FC football trial at West Bengal

Players expressed their happiness 'the Coach from Croatia and his immense experience will benefit Indian Football"

U-13, U-15, U-17 and Senior football players trials for United Punjab FC

We had a tight game in India but we will have good home support and would like to grab the three points: Erwin Koeman Oman head coach