Express News Service
CHENNAI: Midfielder Rowllin Borges may not yet have the stature of Sunil Chhetri, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu or Sandesh Jhingan, but he has nevertheless turned into an influential cog for the Indian team. The defensive midfielder, who turns 29 on June 5, is still fresh from an Indian Super League (ISL) winning campaign in March for Mumbai City and is one of the more experienced players in the Indian setup with 34 games to his name . .
With three major heats (for the Asian Cup in 2023) appearing for the national team, and Thursday starting the showdown with the Asian champion, Qatar, his strong presence is at the center of the crucial importance of a strong Qatar outfit to resist.
Most of the players have been out of action for more than two months now, but they are trying their best to catch up on the lost time in the ongoing camp in Doha, despite the challenges pointed out by coach Igor Stimac due to the strict quarantine rules.
“The camp in Qatar has been good so far. We all work very hard to achieve the best results in all three matches. We’re not playing for two months now. But as professional players, we have to accept the situation for what it is. We have to work hard and play as a team to get something good out of Qatar, ‘Borges said daily in an email interaction.
Borges is one of only two players in Mumbai City in the current Indian squad, the other being fellow midfielder Bipin Singh. Having played a key role in Mumbai’s title season, Borges is confident the experience will make him a better player.