Anas Edathodika is someone known for his commitment and fearless attitude on the field. Since his National Team debut for India, Anas has been playing a stellar role for the Team in defence winning many accolades and fans.
When reminded, he smiled and narrated that he is a big fan of his colleague Sandesh Jhingan. "I have been a fan of Sandesh Jhingan since long. Although he´s very young and made his National Team debut three years back, I have always admired him. There was always the desire of playing alongside him,” Anas stated during a media interaction in Mumbai on the sidelines of the ongoing National Team camp.
Anas went on to label himself as a hard-working player. “I am not a player of great quality. So I knew to toil hard. I used to play but didn´t get the basic knowledge of the game during my childhood. By God´s grace, I got myself at the right place at the right moment and finally, I made my debut for the National Team,” he stated.
"I take immense pride to say that my best achievement has been to make into the National Team. The day I made my National team debut against Cambodia was the happiest day in my life,” he recollected.
“I haven´t won many a laurel in my career. But once I hang my boots, everyone will remember me as a former International player,” he became emotional.
Although the last season was plagued with copious personal problems, Edathodika didn´t shy away from commanding his duties on the field for his club as well as the National Team.
"The last season was an agonising one for me indeed. I had to struggle hard against those personal obstacles. After my dad´s demise, my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I got almost no time to cope-up with those issues. But, everyone helped me to get over from the situation,” his eyes turned moist.
Meanwhile, he lavished huge praise for the Kerala-based clubs for leading the revival of Kerala´s football.
"Kerala have very good players. But we need to move go forward. Gokulam Kerala FC, Kerala Blasters FC are doing a great job. But, more academies are required to nurture the youngsters. They have to streamline the process. More youngsters are rearing to jump in the pool and they´ll only strengthen the pipeline to the Indian National Team."
On being asked about India´s opponents in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 group, Edathodika quipped: "It´s surely a tough group and we have to give our everything to overcome them. As the coach suggested we´ll play a few more friendly matches before we land in the UAE to get in the right shape at the right moment. We trust it´ll be a tough job for us but we are ready to deal with it."
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