Ozbey: We Didn’t Expect Crowds to be so big

Black Panthers frontman surprised by turnout

The 27-year-old striker is feeling the pressure after signing for Mohammeden Sporting, after the club’s first practice match against the Tata Football Academy was attended by 2500 people.

Tolgay Ozbey who moved to the I-league in 2010 after a series of stints in the New South Wales Premier League and two unsuccessful foray’s into the A-league,was unprepared for the turnout at his first match for the club.

According to Goal India, speaking to The Telegraph he said: ” We never expected such a turn-out for a practice match. It puts us under pressure. We knew we have to give full effort since the crowd will want us to win this match. We have a very strong squad this season and the expectations are really high.

The man from Sydney also spoke about his blooming partnership with former Red and Gold teammate Penn Orji as well as his other teammates.

“During our days at East Bengal, Penn and I combined well. Here also, we are expecting something like that.

“Josimar played extremely well laying-off beautifully and that allowed me and Penn to roam in the free space.

“Jerry Zirsangha also worked well as the attacking midfielder. To be honest, I am happy with the way the team played. This is our first practice match and we need to build from this.”



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