The seasoned I-League forward spoke exclusively to Goal and claimed he aims to win the Indian Super League (ISL) with the Goan franchise.
Welcome to Goal‘s new I-League feature: Top and Flop. For every game, a candidate will be put forward, as chosen by Goal, who deserves recognition for achieving something special. It won’t necessarily be the best player in the league – but whoever we nominate will have done something amazing. In the same vein, we will also name a player whose performance wasn’t up to the mark on the given day and eventually came to hurt his side.
Daryll Duffy is that character in the dressing room, who every manager looks at when the chips are down. Perhaps also the go-to man when you need someone to ‘tighten the screws’ at both ends of the drawer. FC Goa unveiled their final foreign signing with Duffy- hours prior to their aircraft’s scheduled take off to Dubai. The paperwork had to be done as soon as possible and the Scot was the one enforcing proceedings.
In Dubai, FC Goa won three out of the four games played during pre-season and the former Swansea striker is pleased with the team’s performances. “Pre-season has been great. We have had two or three, sometimes four training sessions a day and we all feel really good fitness wise. It gave us time as a team to bond together. We all really gelled well, everyones mixing well- Jofre (Mateu), the Indian boys, myself- there’s no divide, we’re mixing well together which is very important.”
FC Goa, however, had a less than spectacular start to their inaugural ISL campaign, with the team finding themselves at the bottom of the table, midway through the campaign. A change in fortunes happened rather rapidly, as the Gaurs found themselves running past oppositions a lot like their mascot and finished on second place as the league ended. It was an equation of so- near- yet- so- far for Zico’s though, as a passage to the finals were denied by champions elect Atletico de Kolkata, but Duffy remains positive of FC Goa’s prospects this season.
“We want to win it- I think if you ask any team they would give you the same answer, they would all want to win, we are no different. The reception we got in Dubai, when we got back here, the support is fanatical and they deserve it as much as we do and with the hard-work we are putting in so far, the aim has to be to win it,”opined the forward .
Duffy’s career indicated a move to the subcontinent in the green of I-League stalwarts Salgaocar in 2013. The scot’s industry and flair in front of goal has culminated in a total of 21 goals in 38 appearances for the Goan giants. His move to the FC Goa faithful was a homecoming of a son who never went away. “They were looking for a striker, last minute and being in Goa already didn’t do me any harm and I could join up with the team immediately- it was really last minute move and also a move I was desperate to get it through so that I could be the guy straight away from day one which I think was very important,” he elucidated.
“Goal-wise I get asked every season what would be the target for me but I don’t really set targets for myself. But yes, being top goal-scorer for FC Goa would be absolutely amazing but I can do with the team winning the trophy over top goal scorer,” he added.
Susak was replaced at the start of the second half after the Australian defender was guilty of failing to mark Duffy for Salgaocar’s second goal. The 31-year-old also committed a dangerous foul on the rival team’s skipper Rocus Lamare in the 34th minute.