The former Indian Arrows player is not yet thinking about a possible place in the Indian national team …
IMVijayan, one of the greatest footballers Kerala has ever produced, criticized the Kerala Blasters’ performance against Odisha FC where they lost 4-2 last week.
He stressed that the young players of the Kerala squad need to learn one or two rounds from Jerry Mawihmingthanga of Odisha.
“Young Blasters should learn from Jerry. See how mature his game is and how he supports senior players. Coaches and fans alike expect players who can compete for the team. Running on the ground, dribbling or changing your hair color is not football. It’s a team game, ”he wrote in his column for Malayala Manorama.
Rahul KP was asked for his opinion on the aforementioned comment from the former Indian skipper, but the 20-year-old gave a diplomatic response.
“That’s what people want to say. It’s on him. I don’t want to comment, ”said Rahul KP.
The Thrissur-born winger scored his second goal in the current Indian Super League (ISL) campaign, beating Bengaluru FC’s Gurpreet Singh Sandhu at his nearby post to clinch three points. In fact, that goal was an exact replica of the one he scored earlier in the season against the same opposition.
“I want to thank God, my teammates and my staff for this moment. It’s not a miracle, we worked on the training ground. Everyone wants to fight. The game is over, now we are focusing on the big game tomorrow, ”said Rahul as he had FC Goa in mind ahead of the weekend clash.
Rahul KP’s pace has been a source of concern for several full-backs and this was best seen in the twin matches against Bengaluru FC. It will be interesting to see if Igor Stimac, the national coach, makes himself up to the squad for the upcoming matches.
“My job is not to focus on the national team now, it’s to focus on my team (Kerala Blasters). I’m sure it will come if I keep playing. I aim to give my all for the team. We’ll see how it goes, ”he said.