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Nikhil Poojari aiming to make an impact for Pune City FC on ISL debut

November 17, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: kkcykwsge.

first_imgWhen one looks at the foreign forwards of FC Pune City, it is difficult to guess if any Indian striker will get a look in that line-up. With the likes of Emiliano Alfaro, Iain Hume, Marcelinho, Marko Stankovic battling it out for the starting berth; Indian attacking front in Robin Singh, Alwyn George, Nikhil Poojari have to punch above their weight to have a look in the line-up.But looking at the past record of Pune’s new gaffer Miguel Angel Portugal in a one-off season with Delhi Dynamos, where he always showed faith in young players, the Indian forwards, in particular Poojari, feel hopeful.Citing examples of Vinit Rai and Lallianzuala Chhangte, who broke into the Indian team for SAFF Championship after a strong display for Dynamos last season under Portugal, an excited Poojari feels he could be much more than just a fringe player.Also read – Indian Super League: Miku strike helps Bengaluru FC edge past Chennaiyin FC”I know there is tough competition for a spot in the line-up but I have heard good things about the coach from Vinit and Lallianzuala. He likes to give opportunities to young players and likes to attack from the wing; something I feel is my strength. So I don’t think I will just be a bench player,” said the 23-year-old winger.Nikhil missed all the pre-season matches due to international duties for the SAFF Championship and will be heading into his debut ISL season without any game time with his new teammates.advertisementAlso read – Indian Super League: Kerala Blasters beat ATK in season five openerThe former East Bengal player, where he missed the entirety of the last season due to an ACL injury on his left knee, is not worried about his chances in the team as he reckons that the coach has shown faith in his abilities.Also read – AFC U-16 Championship: India a win away from qualifying for 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup”I am not really bothered about missing out on preseason. In fact, I am excited and want to be an integral part of the team this season. Coach Portugal said he closely followed my performance during the SAFF Cup and liked the way I played, which increased my confidence,” he said.Coach Portugal’s Pune City FC will play their first game against Delhi Dynamos on October 3.last_img read more

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