MCFC Media Day: “We played every single game as a family last season” - Jorge Costa
Ahead of the sixth season of the Indian Super League, the Islanders held their media day in Mumbai as various journalists from across the city attended the event.
The event started off with a press conference featuring co-owner Bimal Parekh, Head Coach Jorge Costa, CEO Indranil Das Blah and one of the club captains Paulo Machado. Other players present at the event were Amine Chermiti, Modou Sougou, Pratik Chaudhari, Rowllin Borges and Mohammed Rafique who later interacted with the media.
Jorge Costa took over the media questions first and was asked about his tenure with the club so far. "It's been a good journey and I'm happy to be at the club for a second season," mentioned Costa.
The Islanders finished as semi-finalists last season and our CEO spoke about our ambition for the season. "Our first goal has always been to qualify for the semis first and then hope to put in good performances to win the title."
Portuguese midfielder, Paulo Machado gave us an insight into the team's pre-season. "The team is working very hard for the upcoming season and we have been training since 2 months now."
Costa who enjoyed his first ISL season with the club spoke in detail about his plans for the upcoming season. “We reached the semis last year and played well but that’s not enough at all. I am now 100% sure about the things we must do to achieve success in the Indian Super League.”
Our head coach further added on how the Islanders play as a family together. “We played every single game as a family last season. That’s one big factor which will win us some games this season as well.”
With the Islanders introducing various youth sides and having grassroots programmes across the city, our co-owner Bimal Parekh said “We hope to increase the popularity of the sport in Mumbai with the increase of participation in grassroots and youth leagues.”
Our CEO added a little more on the young talent in the city. “A lot of our youth sides are playing the majority of the leagues, we have also promoted 3 of our U18 players to the senior side.”
One of the journalists mentioned that the team seemed dependent on Modou Sougou for goals. Costa put that claim aside saying “We are not all dependent on a single player to win us a game, it’s those 11 players on the field and my 25-man squad which works very hard to achieve the results.”
Post the press conference, the journalists got a chance to interview all the players, coach and CEO in a one-on-one interview. Overall, plenty of positive vibes ahead of another exciting season.