I think my ideal position will be right-back: Nikhil Poojary

Nikhil Poojary speaks to AIFF Media about his come back to the National Team…

Nikhil Poojary is back in the national team after almost four years. His last outing – the 0-0 draw against Qatar in the World Cup Qualifiers in Doha in September 2019 – might have been one of India’s more impressive results of recent times, but Poojary that day was left a bit dissatisfied.

“Everybody remembers that we played a top match against Qatar, which was the last time I played for the national team. But personally, when I was substituted off, I knew I hadn’t played my best game. I gave my 100 per cent, but I couldn’t contribute to the game in the way the team needed me. I knew I hadn’t done enough to keep my place in the next camp,” shared Poojary.

From then on began a journey of resurgence, one which made him more focussed than ever, with the single goal of donning the blue of India once again. “I knew that if I wanted to make a comeback, I needed to do much better. Then when Hyderabad FC was formed (in 2019), gradually my confidence and performance also grew. I hadn’t received a call up then, but it was okay as I knew I had to keep working hard because the competition in the national team is very tough,” said Poojary.

Read the full interview on the AIFF website


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