Harmajyot Singh Khabra interview: "Hope the youngsters keep performing"

Posted on 05/06/15 by Kingfisher East Bengal

In an exclusive interview with eastbengalfootballclub.com, Kingfisher East Bengal captain for the 2014-15 season Harmanjyot Singh Khabra spoke about the recently concluded season.


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Q: As you look back at the season, how happy or sad are you with the results?

 

Khabra: There were a lot of ups and downs. The sad part is that we got some unlucky results, like in the Kolkata Derby. I am happy that we played our best football in some of our away matches, like in Pune and Goa. However, I think we could have done much better in the AFC Cup.

 

Q: What was the biggest positive for KEB this season?

 

Khabra: Firstly, the youngsters performed their best in the Calcutta Football League in the absence of the senior players, and we won the league. I hope they keep performing in the coming season.

 

Q: The team has come close to winning the title in recent seasons, but haven't crossed the finish line. What do you think has been the biggest reason for that?

 

Khabra: We had some unexpected setbacks and regular injuries within the team, which hampered our performance in some vital matches.

 

Q: What are the biggest improvements that are required in the team over the summer?

 

Khabra: I believe that a goalkeeper and a good defender who can guide the team from behind.

 

Q: Have the changes in management affected the team?

 

Khabra: In my opinion, players should not bother about management. I think players need to be more professional.

 

Q: Personally, how do you rate your performance this season?

 

Khabra:  I'd say seven on ten.

 

Q: What do you think about India's chances in the World Cup qualifiers?

 

Khabra: We can definitely make it. Nothing is impossible. It’s time to make history.

 

Q: Who is the funniest player in the team?

 

Khabra: Baldeep Singh

 

Q: Who is the hardest working in training?

 

Khabra: Everyone gives their best. I really got inspired to work hard after seeing Dudu and Deepak Mondal. 

 

Q: Name one Indian player you would want KEB to sign.

 

Khabra: Eugenson Lyngdoh

 

Q: Name one young KEB player who you think will make it big in the future. 

 

Khabra: All the youngsters have great future, but they need to be more focused. I feel Avinash Ruidas is one of them, but he has a long way to go.

 

Q: Who would you pick from the KEB team if you were making a 5-a-side team?

 

Khabra: Robert, Mehtab, Deepak, Luis Barreto & myself.

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