Legendary striker I M Vijayan struggled whereas speaking in Hindi together with his team-mates on the sector however he made it up together with his sensible understanding of “football language”, said former India participant Aqueel Ansari.
Ansari, who performed for India in just a few matches within the 1990s, said Vijayan was not snug talking in Hindi however he can learn the sport higher than anybody else.
“Vijayan-bhai was our senior and whatever you speak about him are less. But his Hindi was not at par and sometimes he used to struggle while communicating,” Ansari said.
“But he knew the language of football probably more than anyone and his game-reading was outstanding. He was a person who used to reach the right place at the right time and made the job look much easier.”Former captain Vijayan was the poster boy of Indian football earlier than Bhaichung Bhutia got here to the scene, together with his goal-scoring skills making him probably the most feared striker of his time.
He scored 4 targets in 4 matches to assist India win the inaugural South Asian Football Federation Cup in 1993 in Pakistan.”Undoubtedly he (Vijayan) was our best striker. In Lahore he labored exhausting and was our key man,” Ansari said.
Tejinder Kumar, who was an element of that SAFF Cup-winning team in Lahore, said the Pakistani followers instructed the Indian gamers that they might return with out profitable the match.
“There were smiling faces all around when we landed in Pakistan. We were given a warm welcome and made to feel at home. But there was someone at the airport who smiled at us and said: ‘Bhaijaan, swagat hai. Lekin aap log har ke hi lautogey (Welcome to Pakistan. But you will return empty-handed)’,” Tejinder recalled.
“We were given a grand reception. Everyone around was keen to see that we did not face any problem. There was tight security all around – even in the hotel. No one was allowed to go anywhere without security.”
The Indian team, coached by Czech Jiri Pesak and captained by V P Sathyan, kicked-off their marketing campaign with a 2-Zero win over Sri Lanka with targets from Vijayan and Gunabir Singh.
Vijayan then helped India pip Nepal 5 days later. And within the decider, India secured an important level towards hosts Pakistan, due to a late equaliser from Vijayan, to win the trophy precisely on at the present time 27 years in the past.