Nishu Kumar: 'I feel motivated and confident now'

The uncapped-Nishu Kumar was called up to the national camp after an impressive start to the Indian Super League season with Bengaluru FC.

Nishu Kumar during the national team training camp in New Delhi.   -  AIFF MEDIA

Bengaluru FC left-back Nishu Kumar feels “motivated and confident” on being called up for the Indian team camp in New Delhi before the international friendly against Jordan.

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The match is scheduled to be played at the King Abdullah II Stadium in Amman on Saturday. While India had played a goalless draw against China in its last friendly in October, Jordan had gone down 1-2 to World Cup runner-up Croatia in its last match.

“I feel motivated and confident that I can give my 100% during the camp. We all are here to give our best,” Nishu said on the sidelines of the national team camp which kicked off on Monday.

Nishu had got a call-up from coach Stephen Constantine for the month-long camp in New Delhi before the SAFF Championship in Dhaka. But both he and Udanta Singh were allowed by Constantine to represent their club in the AFC Cup where it were the sole representative from India at the continental stage.

“I couldn’t come for the camp before the SAFF as we were playing the AFC Cup and some crucial knockout matches were lined-up. I’d like to thank the coach for trusting me once again. We have got three days to get into the groove before the team flies to Jordan,” he uttered.

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On being asked how tough it’s to earn the spot in the team, he mentioned, “Everyone is up to grab the opportunity and there’s always competition amongst us. This only helps us getting better following every training session,” he added. “We’re only less than two months away from the Asian Cup and everyone is eager to show their worth on the pitch to steal the opportunity. So am I.”

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