The date ‘June 14, 2022’ will stay etched on Anwar Ali’s reminiscence ceaselessly, with the defender registering his first-ever purpose for the senior Indian nationwide soccer group. That his strike occurred in a really essential match for the Blue Tigers makes it all of the extra particular.
Seriton Fernandes, who lately signed his contract extension with FC Goa, has watched him at shut distance having spent the final season with him and had some phrases of reward for Anwar.
“Anwar (Ali) joined us in coaching final 12 months, and he has been spectacular from the second he stepped on to the apply pitch,” Seriton Fernandes, his teammate at FC Goa stated.
“All of us knew about his struggles earlier than becoming a member of the Membership, and the way he fought laborious off the pitch to return to taking part in the sport that he loves probably the most. We have been all elated once we received to know that he received his call-up to the India group. I consider that is only the start for him.”
Spanish midfielder Edu Bedia additionally weighed in on Anwar’s second of glory. “He deserves the purpose and all of the reward that he’s getting proper now. I knew within the very first few video games that I performed with him that he’s a special participant. I’ve performed 5 seasons thus far in India and by no means have I seen another person like him. He has all the things that one must excel on the high ranges within the nation,” stated Edu on Anwar Ali.
“I’m extraordinarily pleased for him and likewise for Brandon (Fernandes) and Glan (Martins), who certified for the Asian Cup with the Indian group. They’re essential gamers for each our membership and the nationwide aspect, and I hope we get to get pleasure from extra success collectively at Goa.”
Whereas India had already booked a spot within the AFC Asian Cup 2023 Group Phases by advantage of Palestine’s 4-0 win over the Philippines within the third spherical of the qualifiers, a win was a should for Igor Stimac and co. to finish the qualification marketing campaign on a optimistic observe. It was essential that the Blue Tigers beat Hong Kong and guarantee followers that they might qualify on their very own advantage, and Ali’s early purpose set the tone for his group as they thrashed Hong Kong 4-0.
One other FC Goa star, Princeton Rebello additionally heaped reward on his compatriot. “I’m pleased to see Anwar rating for India, that too in a vital recreation on the AFC Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers. And even past the strike, his composure taking part in in his first worldwide matches was admirable” he stated.
“He performed a vital function in India’s qualification and I can’t wait to fulfill him and congratulate him in individual.”