New Delhi, Oct 25 : Mohammedan Sporting may have emerged as the champions of the I-League Qualifier 2020 but Wasim Akram, General Secretary, Mohammedan Sporting isnt much willing to get into celebration mode right at this very moment.
In a chat with AIFF TV, Akram stressed that "the club needs to get back to winning ways to get the fans back".
"Mohammedan Sporting is a club which was born out of passion. It has had a pan-India fan base since its very inception. We have started to get back our old fans, who had sort of deviated or stopped watching our matches," he said.
"All we need is to perform well and once we start to get trophies back in our cabinet. I think we'll get our fans back soon and also the pan-India presence that is being referred to all the time," he added.
The Black Panthers enjoyed an unbeaten run in the I-League Qualifiers 2020 that took place from October 8-19 in Kolkata and Kalyani, also being the first sporting tournament to be held in the nation after the Covid-19 lockdown. In their penultimate game, Mohammedan got the better of local rivals Bhawanipore FC in what was a 'virtual final', with a 2-0 scoreline.
"The results in the I-League Qualifiers is something we are proud of. But I won't call it a success because I feel it's a place we deserve to be forever, and we have just reached there. Once we compete in the I-League and win it, then I would label it a success," Akram said.
"The fans were ecstatic. The kind of response we got from them was spectacular. I feel that their expectations were very humble and all they expected from us was to get the club to the Hero I-League. I never felt that they asked for anything out of proportion. They know we have to cross each hurdle one at a time. After we qualified the fans responded very well. Now, we have to look at the future and think about winning the I-League. This is just one step forward," he added.