Qadeer Shaikh - "This is the time we need the fans' support the most"

Tuesday, 04 April 2017
Mumbai FC

Mohd Qadeer Shaikh, Mumbai's Goalkeeping Coach speaks to us about the team morale, his goalkeepers ahead of the crucial game against Churchill Brothers.



Gaurav Kadam, Mumbai FC Media (SportzDose)

Mohd Qadeer Shaikh, the Mumbai Goalkeeping Coach has had a proud playing career turning out for the national team in the 90s. Having played in the Pre-Olympic Games, Jawaharlal Nehru Inter-National Gold Cup and the Super Soccer Cup, we hear he was a brick wall that forwards had nightmares of.

Qadeer Sir has even played for Maharashtra and was part of the Santosh Trophy winning team in 1991. His domestic footballing career included stints for Mumbai-based club Air India, Kolkatan side Mohameddan Sporting and corporate side Mahindra & Mahindra. After the end of his playing career, he completed the AFC 'C' Coaching license and has continued to coach various teams all through these years.

On the training ahead of Churchill Brothers game...

The training has been going good. The players are feeling confident and have performed well in the practice matches. The new coach has been very good with his training methods and I am sure the results on the pitch will show the effort of the team.

On the looming threat of relegation...

There is always a pressure to perform but you cannot control the results. One thing which we can control is our effort. We will put in our all to the cause. The I-League is a massive league and our target now is to survive in it.

On his three Goalkeepers...

The keepers have been training very hard and I am happy with their performance in training. They have been good throughout the season. Kattimani has shined in front of the goal, I am very happy with their workrate.

On Kattimani's performances and his role in his success...

 I am just a guide for the players. Kattimani trains really hard and his efforts are reflected on the pitch. Anyone who works hard for it shall reap the rewards. I am happy with Katti's performances throughout the season. He has made very few mistakes in front of the goal.

Message to the Mumbai FC fans...

No fan would want to see his beloved team undergo relegation. I urge all Mumbai FC fans to pray for the players and the team. We are working hard for it and Inshallah, we will achieve what they expect from us. This is the time when we need the fans' support the most. I urge all of them to flood the Cooperage for the Churchill game.