My goal is to play for India – FC Goa’s defender Papuia

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FC Goa’s Papuia is one of the rising young players to look out for. Brimming with potential and talent, he is all set to shine this season under coach Juan Ferrando.

IFTWC caught up with Goa’s bright young prospect who was kind enough to answer a few questions despite the Gaurs’ busy ISL schedule.

While the youngster does not have a particular person who influenced or got him into playing football he said –

“When I was young, in my hometown Mizoram, all the young players used to play street football and I think that has inspired me.”

Papuia also shared that it was his friends who had suggested he play in his current position and that initially, he had started out as a midfielder.

Speaking of his experience of being around seasoned players like Edu, Ivan, Fox, etc. he said, “I think the experience of being around all the senior players is what has taught me about what to do and what not to do (in the game)”

“I don’t care about playing time. I just want to improve myself in training, day by day. I have one goal and that is to participate or play for India.”

The central defender opened up about what it feels like to represent a club like FC Goa, stating, “FC Goa is one of the best clubs in India and I’m so lucky to be a part of this team, playing under a coach like Juan Ferrando. He is a great coach, a great person, kind and humble. He has helped me to improve myself.”

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Two reasons why FC Goa can win the ISL this season according to Papuia:

“Firstly, we need to play as a team and secondly, we are one of the most consistent teams, so that hunger will guide us to victory.”

As the promising central defender rises up the ranks, he talks about dealing with fame and popularity.

“I don’t care about those things. I’m young and I just want to improve myself day by day.”

Papuia’s message to the FC Goa fans

“We are in a bad situation right now so I hope the fans support us throughout the season and I hope that they can come back to the stadium soon to support the team (in person).”

IFTWC would like to wish Papuia all the very best in gaining everything he has set out to achieve this season.

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