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.
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.