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first_imgWhen Jorge Costa took over as head coach at Mumbai City FC at the start of the season, it was a no-brainer for Senegalese footballer Modou Sougou to put pen on the paper.The pair successfully won the Romanian Liga 1 with CFR Cluj in the 2011-12 season which interestingly was also their first year with the club. The duo was also together at Academica in Portugal.And it was this long association with the Portuguese manager which became a major influence in Sougou’s decision to join the Islanders.In the Indian Super League where the foreign signings usually come with tons of experience and association with European football clubs in the past, Sougou is no stranger to the ‘big player’ tag.Also read – ISL 2018-19 Fixtures and Match Timings: Full schedule of Indian Super League 2018A former Marseille winger, the 33-year-old has a fierce pace to break that can change the rhythm of the game any minute. Sougou’s experience from the French league doubled by Costa’s strategy to build the team around him could prove to be vital for the Mumbai side.Islander @papesougou has his set on his debut #HeroISL Season #BoleTohMCFC #TheIslanders pic.twitter.com/Utiqlo4flzMumbai City FC (@MumbaiCityFC) September 19, 2018″If there is one thing I’ve learnt in football, it’s that you can never predict the future, in the game or in your career. Now, I am here in Mumbai and I must say that I am very happy. And I hope I can give some good performances on the pitch once the ISL season begins,” Sougou told Mail Today.advertisement”Even at 33, and soon 34, I feel fit, I feel confident and my motivation is high. As a footballer, I always step out on the pitch to win. And I want to help my teammates and try to win, here in Mumbai. But the most important thing is to enjoy your time on the pitch and make the most of them. For us, this is our vocation. We are blessed to be in the pink of health and that we can do what we love,” added the Senegalese, who showed the glimpse of his talent with a four-goal show against Thailand’s Lampang FC in pre-season.Speaking on coach Costa, Sougou, who has also played for Sheffield Wednesday in England, said the coach brings positivity to the league that has served many legendary players in the past.Also read – Indian Super League: Kerala Blasters beat ATK in season five opener”I spent my whole career in Europe. But the reason that pushed me to come to India was the opportunity to work again with coach Jorge Costa. I can’t say much about Indian football yet. There were some famous players who played for this team, like Anelka, Forlan, Piquionne. We hear good things about this club in Europe. If you ask me about the ISL or the other teams in the ISL, I can probably answer that question better in a few months time,” he explained.Ahead of their first match against Jamshedpur FC next Tuesday, Sougou said the team has to quickly adapt to the five-month long season, considering they have a relatively new team.”The fact that we have a fairly new team, it won’t be an easy task. Given how the league is, short and quick, we have to adapt quickly, start well and try not to fall behind in the early stages. But we are confident and we believe in ourselves,” he concluded.last_img

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