"Goans love football and always appreciate a good game"
07th October 2015
says centre-back AUGUSTIN FERNANDES, urging football lovers in Goa to come out and support ATK in tonight's high-octane encounter against FC Goa. Less than 12 hours remain for the match to start, and Augustin, along with his teammates, is pumped up and raring to go!
Today is a big match. In your hometown, in front of your friends, fans, and family. How excited are you?
I'm very happy and excited about tonight's match. This is the 1st time I'm playing for a team that's based outside of Goa, and that makes it very exciting and challenging for me!
Tell us about the match against Chennaiyin. How did it feel to be in starting XI with players like Postiga and Borja?
I was almost delirious just to be on field! It was my 1st ISL game, and to play with such great players like Postiga, Borja, Hums was such a great feeling. Never in my wildest dreams had I thought I'd get to play with such big names!
Goa's two-pronged attack in the form of Mandar and Romeo played some very pressing football in the match against Delhi Dynamos. We're expecting to see some very interesting tackles with the ATK defence. Your thoughts?
Mandar and Romeo are both good players, true. They are the key players of FC Goa, and we'll have to give our best to to stop them. Everybody will have to watch the match to find out how we handle them!
There are 3 Goans in this ATK side, including Denzil Franco and Clifford Miranda. Can we expect the locals to come out and support ATK?
Sure! Goans love football, and they always appreciate skills and a good game. We promise to not disappoint them! I hope people here will support us if we are able to entertain them with our brand of football!
How has your experience with the team been so far?
It's been great so far! In fact, it's anew learning curve for me- new style of playing, new players, new atmosphere. And, I must say that I love it! Every player and the coaching staff have been extremely helpful and encouraging. It's a very special feeling to be a part of ATK!
This is your first ISL season. How important do you think this league is for the future of Indian football?
ISL is going to have a great role to play in the future of football in India. Thanks to ISL, such a lot of experienced international players are coming to play here, such great coaches are being hired to hone our skills. It's incredible just to think of the sort of knowledge that's trickling down, thanks to these big names! It's a great learning process. Not a day goes by when we don't learn something new about the game that we all love! I think it's important 4 india football.
Have you had any time to show your teammates around Goa? What would you like them to see in your city?
Sadly, no. We've been on a very tight schedule. We got here the morning after winning our opening match in Chennai. All of us were tired, and by the time we'd recovered, it was time to start training for today's match! But, yes, given a chance I'd like to invite them back to Goa for a holiday and I'd love to show them around! I'd take them out for some great seafood and we'd just chill on the lovely Goan beaches!
Any message for your Goan fans?
Please keep supporting this beautiful game as you always have. Please come and watch us play tonight. And, hope to see some support for ATK from you guys!