Indian Football

Brandon Fernandes Wants Indian Clubs to Perform Well in AFC Tournaments

Mudeet Arora
Brandon Fernandes hopes for Indian clubs' better performance in AFC tournaments
Brandon Fernandes hopes for Indian clubs' better performance in AFC tournaments / BIJU BORO/Getty Images

FC Goa midfielder Brandon Fernandes has revealed that he wants Indian football clubs to do well on the continental level as that will help the growth of football in the country more as compared to anything else.

Fernandes featured six times for FC Goa in the AFC Champions League this year and provided two assists for his team that finished third in their group.

“We wanted to show that we can play good football and can play in the high level competitions. Whoever is representing India should play their heart out and give their best. If Indian clubs perform good at that level then in the coming years our country can be the best footballing nation,” Brandon told Khelnow, quote by ISL's official website.

Speaking about the AFC Champions League, "It was one of the best experiences in my football career. The competition level was very high and those types of matches are going to make us better as a player. I wish to play the AFC Champions League again. It will raise our level when we play such types of opponents."

Fernandes was then asked about his coach Juan Ferrando and he replied, "Every coach for me is different. They have different way of thinking about the game and the way to see football. Juan Fernando is a typical Spanish coach and it is nice to play under him because he has his own philosophy. I have good experience under him and as long as he is there, I think it will nice to play under him."

Revealing the difference between playing for club and country under different coaches, Brandon stated as he concluded, "When you play with the club, you have foreign players playing alongside you. But when you play for your nation, there is no foreign player. The dynamic of the team changes, so it is completely different when you play under club coach and national side coach."