First time I'm playing as away player in Yuba Bharati Krirangan: Syed Rahim Nabi

Local lad Syed Rahim Nabi, who will be turning for Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League, today said that it would be tough for him to turn up at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan as an away player.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 11, 2014, 22:04 PM IST
First time I'm playing as away player in Yuba Bharati Krirangan: Syed Rahim Nabi

Kolkata: Local lad Syed Rahim Nabi, who will be turning for Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League, on Saturday said that it would be tough for him to turn up at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan as an away player.

"In 12 years of my career, this would be for the first time I would play here as an away player. It would be tough for me," Nabi told reporters on the eve of their match against Atletico de Kolkata in the Indian Super League opener.

For a team that has Sourav Ganguly as its face, Nabi had no doubt that Atletico de Kolkata won't be short on support.

Asked whom does he consider the dangerman in the ATK ranks, he said: "With Ganguly involved in the team, the support base would be ATK's main strength. It would be tough. Even my friends and family are unable to decide on whom to support."

He said both the teams are on par both in terms of Indian and foreigners recruits.

"They have enough good players, they are equally good. It all will depend on that particular day who would play well."

The versatile player said the manager Peter Reid has given him freedom to play wherever he wants.

"He's a terrific character, he's free to play wherever he wants to," Reid said as Nabi is expected to play in the right half.