Exclusive: NorthEast United convinced me to join ISL - Emiliano Alfaro
The striker feels the quality of football and the attitude are the main differences between the game in South America and in India…
With five goals so far this season Uruguayan striker. Emiliano Alfaro is the leading goal scorer in the Indian Super League. The striker has been one of the key players behind NorthEat United’s success this campaign and he spoke exclusively to Khel Now.
On coming to India for the first time to play football the impressive Uruguayan said, “After getting offers from ISL clubs to play in India, I had chats with the foreign players who were in the ISL in the past about India and the league. They told me good things. So, I choose to come here and NorthEast convinced me to join them.”
On being asked to compare South American leagues with the ISL he said the quality of football and attitude towards the game is the main difference between both. “South America comprises many football countries. In Brazil, you will find some really good players, young talented players as well as the national players play leagues and it’s a great country of football, in Argentina also the leagues are full of talent and competition. In my country Uruguay, we have a good history of football. Local Indian players are also talented and the ISL is growing and the marketing of the league is also good to attract more good players in the coming years which will help the league.” said the frontman.
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After dominating the early weeks of the season, the results and performances of NEUFC have dipped in the last few games. “Football sometimes gives surprising results. You play well but you lose. All we can hope for is that the coming games will be good for us and we will make it to the semi-finals.”
On his thoughts about more international players joining the ISL he said, “The league is already attracting big names. Didier Zokora, Diego Forlan, Mohamed Sissioko are big names, I hope more big players will come in next season and help Indian football.”
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Report by Himangshu Rajkhowa- Khel Now Correspondent from Guwahati.
Published: Sat Nov 19, 2016 01:46 AM IST