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Kunal Sawant – “Top 3 finish would be a great feat for us”

zoloft buy online, dapoxetine reviews. SportzDose spoke to Mumbai FCas longtime custodian Kunal Sawant ahead of the upcoming I-League season about a variety of topics like the new coach, Captain Steven Dias, his ISL stint and so on.

 

Mumbai Fc Goalkeeper Kunal Sawant in Action during Training Session – Shreyash Chiplunkar /SD

AAKunal Sawant was born and brought up in Mumbai and began his footballing journey at the age of 16 with Mumbai-based Goan Sports Club. He was later selected for Mahindra United U-19. From 2004 to 2009, he plied his trade for a New India Assurance, Dena Bank, Union Bank of India and Central Railway. Kunal entered the professional circuit with Air India in the I-League. He suffered a tragic injury in 2011 playing against Salgaoncar in I-League that was deemed as career ending by medical professionals. Contrary to that diagnosis, Kunal Sawant made a big comeback from the injury and was signed by Mumbai FC in 2012. Sawant has also represented Maharashtra in the Santosh Trophy in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Kunal cites former Brazilian goalkeeper Dida and current Italy and Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon as his inspiration.

Kunal has been with the Mumbai outfit since 2012 and been a crucial part of the teamas recent rise in the league.

Mumbai Fc Goalkeeper Kunal Sawant in Action during Training Session – Shreyash Chiplunkar /SD

Speaking about his long term association, Kunal remarked, a?It feels good to be back with Mumbai. This will be my fifth season with the club and I am happy to have renewed my contract with the cluba?. Kunal had played under former Mumbai FC manager Khalid Jamil for the entirety of his tenure at the club. Mumbai have signed a new manager, Santosh Kashyap, under whom Kunal played at Air India before getting injured.A a?Santosh Kashyap is a highly professional coach and I am happy to be playing under him again. He is one of the best coaches in the country today.a?

When asked about skipper Steven Dias, Kunal was all praises for the former Indian national, a?Steven Dias is a really great captain. He brings a huge experience of 15-16 years in Indian football which is no small feat. He is a true leader and motivates the team really well, especially the youngstersa?. Mumbai FC had their best finish of fifth spot in the previous season of the I-League. Kunal opined, a?Last season was good for us. Our aim would be to finish better than last season. A top 3 finish would be a great feat for us.a?

Kunal was picked up by Kerala Blasters for the 2016 edition of the Indian Super League. Kerala Blasters fans are known to be highly passionate and Kunal shared his agreement, a?Kerala Blasters fan base has been really great. The stadium would always be packed for all the home games. The fans motivate the team regardless of a win or a loss in the match. They push us to the next levela?.A Kunal spoke in similar vein about the Mumbai FC fans too, a?The Yellow Brigade is a really incredible fan group. They showed up in good numbers last season and I hope they continue to do so this season tooa?.

Mumbai FC has signed Laxmikant Kattimani on loan from FC Goa adding to the competition for the No 1 spot. Kunal welcomes the competition, a?It is a part and parcel of the game. Healthy competition is really good for us both. Iave know Laxmikant Kattimani for a time, he is a great guy and I will provide him tough competition for the top spot.a? Speaking of their opponents in the opening fixture DSK Shivajians, Kunal said a?We ended last season with a win against them at home. We would like to repeat that and open the season on a good notea?.

Mumbai FC opens their I-League campaign against DSK Shivajians on January 8 at Cooperage Football Stadium, Mumbai.

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