Gruelling practice sessions, followed by extensive analysis, have been the order of the day for the Jeppiaar Matriculation School boys’ football team for quite some time now who currently dabbling with studies and the ongoing Hero-Youth U-18 football league.
The boys actually seem invigorated rather than exhausted when Fisto Sports sat down to discuss the team journey and their expectation this year.
13-year-old Abilash believes that school has provided a fresh start to most of the team members who hail from different places of the state and stay in the school’s hostel.
The team says since joined Jeppiaar Matriculation School their style of playing football has completely changed with the quick one-two touches and positional play and they look forward to winning many titles.
Jebarson, who is an ardent fan of Lionel Messi works hard to emulate his skills on the pitch. “I have admired Messi for his scintillating dribbling skills, goalscoring ability and his incredible passing technique.”
And the team’s right wing back, Abilash has been trying to score a Pavard-esque wonder goal in the World Cup against Argentina on his training with the hopes of scoring the thunder one day.
On being asked on what’s the best match they played, Jino, centre midfielder enthusiastically replies that the Floodlight 5s football tournament in which he scored 10 goals in 5 games, including two hat-tricks against Kerala SAI and a team from Bengaluru – adjudged best top scorer award.
When asked about the strategy of the team, Alosious said, “We enjoy ourselves on the pitch – playing simple football, quick one-two touches with mixtures of fun, exercise and particularly positional play with loads of touches.”
“The coach tells us to play, to enjoy ourselves on the pitch regardless of whoever we play – with responsibility. There is no lone star in our team; everyone has to play a part to get result,” he added.
Alosious later spoke about his experience in the sport in Jeppiaar. He picked up the sport in the school and made great strides in a very short time. He credits a lot of his skill to the coaches who helped him improve since he joined the team.
Another team player, Jebarson (14), central midfielder emphatically shook his head when asked if the practice sessions interfere with his academic performance.
Handling academics and sports may be a little daunting, but he is enjoying the journey. He says, “After evening practice, we have two hours of study class that’s when we try to manage things with studies. Hard work and effort makes a tough game also easy to win.”
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