• Tue. Jun 18th, 2024

“The ISL teams are taking this Durand Cup very lightly but for us this tournament is very important”, says Marcus Joseph

Marcus Leric “Lobo” Jr. Joseph (born 29 April 1991) is a Trinidadian professional footballer who plays as a forward for I-League club Mohammedan and the Trinidad and Tobago national team.

Marcus made his national team debut on 23 March 2013.

Marcus scored his maiden International goal on 19 March 2016 against Grenada, which they drew 2–2.On 10 November 2019, during a friendly against Anguilla, Marcus scored 5 goals in the match which they won on a big margin of 15–0.He was the winner of Durand Cup Golden Boot  2019 and 2021 and Durand Cup Golden Ball on 2019.

During this on going Durand Marcus Joseph shared his thoughts. 

EXCERPTS:

Q. How are you treating this 131st Durand Cup 2022? As a pre-season warm up, a trial and testing tournament or are you giving same priority as I-League ?

Ans: All tournaments are the same and important to me because all the other teams are competing to win the Durand cup.Durand cup is more important for us and it will help us to prepare ourselves for the coming I-League also. So, this time we are taking the Durand Cup very seriously.

QMohammedan SC have won both their games against ISL teams in the 131st Durand Cup 2022. But those were the reserve sides of the clubs. Do you think every ISL team should field their senior team for this prestigious competition?

Ans: I think for the ISL teams they are taking this tournament very lightly. But according to me this tournament can be a good pre-season for them as well. So, it is better that they come to play the Durand Cup and give their best so that they can prepare themselves better for the coming ISL.

QMohammedan SC has shown a great game till now in this season of 131st  Durand Cup 2022. What about the knockout stages ?

Ans: Well, every single match is important and in the knockout stage it’s like a final in every game. So, we are thinking of one game at a time and preparing ourselves for the match day.

Q. In the last three matches you have scored only once. You were the top scorer for the past two editions. How do you plan to get back to the beast-like scoring you did even a few months back? 

Ans : I like to share this happiness with all my team members and also the officials. For me it’s not only about scoring but it’s also important to help my team in the game also.So, I not only feel for me but also about my team. 

Q.The Durand Cup is Asia’s oldest and the world’s third oldest football tournament.How do you feel to be part of this rich heritage?

Ans: For me the Durand Cup is a very important tournament. It is a proud moment for any player to represent Asia’s oldest and the world’s third oldest football tournament. So, it’s a great achievement and also important for me to do well in this Durand Cup once again.

Q.This time the 131st Durand Cup 2022 is being held openly and not in a bio-bubble. So how much do you think the presence of fans will encourage the team’s performance? Is there any special message from your side?

Ans:For any player and team the club supporters are very important because without them I don’t think the players can play a game with their 100%. So I would request our supporters to always give their 100% support  and in return we also promise to give our 100% every time.

Interview was taken by Durand Cup Media Team.

Edited by – Pratyusha Mukherjee

Pictures: MSC

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