Indian Super League

Chennaiyin FC's Syed Suhail Pasha reveals his experience in his debut ISL season

Mudeet Arora
Syed Suhail Pasha is a star in the making
Syed Suhail Pasha is a star in the making / RFDL

Indian Super League club Chennaiyin FC's Syed Suhail Pasha has spoken up on his experience in his first ever season with the club, also re-living the moment when he was called up for his debut.

Revisiting the surreal event, Suhail told in an interview, "Suddenly in the match against Odisha FC, I think there were three minutes left when he told me, 'Go warm up, you're going in.' The pressure and excitement I felt was nothing compared to any match I had played before."

He then spoke about the pre-season in the last campaign and expressed his thoughts on finding out out he was registered by the club for the 2021-22 ISL season.

"When I was with the team in the pre-season, the coach Bosko sir (Bandovic) used everybody to see whether they were suitable for the league. After the practice games, there was a list of people who had been registered for the ISL. I was really excited and very happy to see my name on that.

"I didn't expect it [and I thought], 'Will I be able to compete with these guys? Will I be able to show my talent?' After that I think I didn't get a chance for 9-10 matches but I was very happy that the coach kept me on the bench. That was also unexpected for me."

Pasha is currently plying his trade at the Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL), featuring in all of Chennaiyin FC's games up till now and is impressed with the competition.

"The development teams are really good here but the pressure and quality is much more different in the ISL. The foreigners come and you're playing with current Indian players like (Anirudh) Thapa. So you know what the difference, pressure and excitement will be for every match.", he said.

Concluding by revealing his ultimate career dream, Pasha stated, "My ultimate goal from childhood to now is representing India and doing something good for India. I have been positive and I want to improve. There are many tough challenges coming up, many good players I look up to and I have to challenge them.'