Panaji: “I got a chance to be in the starting XI of the Indian Super League (ISL) after two and a half years and have been called for the India camp after having played two matches. This is the best thing that has happened to me after joining Hyderabad FC,” Liston Colaco told The Navhind Times over the phone from Hyderabad.
Liston was the one player football fans in Goa expected to fill the void created after the retirement of Bruno Coutinho. He shone in the age group tournaments with Salgaocar FC taking the team to the final of the AIFF U-18 tournament four years back.
“I have had no trouble adjusting to life in Hyderabad as there are players from Goa playing for the team. When I joined there were five players and now we are four. It is not the presence of players from Goa but the opportunity that I am getting to play that is the positive of my transfer,” stated Liston when dwelling on his move from FC Goa to Hyderabad FC in the winter transfer window.
“Scoring my first ISL goal against the NorthEast United FC gave me great joy but finishing the game scoring two goals was even better. Scoring is something I enjoy and I am happy I am doing just that. My focus is now on doing well during the national camp. This is another first for me and I will do my best to impress India coach Igor Stimac,” stated Liston, as he begins preparations to travel for the India camp from Hyderabad.
“I will need to put in a lot of work to break into the national team and I am ready to put in that work. I am confident of my abilities and now that I have got a call, I will give it my best shot,” stated Liston whilst explaining his mindset before joining the National camp on March 9.
Liston has played 227 minutes for Hyderabad FC since he joined the team on a two year deal on January 14, 2020 and has scored two goals in his first two starts for the team. He made four appearances for Hyderabad – two as a substitute and two in the playing XI and scored two goals in one match.
“Every coach has his own style of selecting the players who fit into their style of play. I did not fit in the previous plan but am happy that coach Albert Roca is liking my style and is therefore giving me the opportunity to play,” stated Liston.
Liston played a total of 51 minutes with his former club FC Goa where he was from 2017 till his transfer.