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Mohun Bagan’s new signing Ashique Kuruniyan believes that the extended nine-month Indian football calendar will favor the players that are looking to make the squad for the AFC Asian Cup. The winger was part of the squad that qualified for the consecutive tournaments for the first time. India topped their group beating the likes of Afghanistan, Hong Kong, and Cambodia.

“The longer season will help a lot because we as players need games. When you hear you have the Durand Cup and the Super Cup apart from the Indian Super League, you get around 30 matches to play in the season which will only be beneficial for players,” Ashique Kuruniyan believes the extended calendar will only benefit the players looking to make the squad for the AFC Asian Cup after that.

“It is really satisfying to top the group and qualify for the Asian Cup. Everyone in the national team setup gave it they’re all. The support from the fans in Kolkata made it more special, they were amazing,” he added. “Last time in the Asian Cup, I had come into the team for a major international tournament directly without featuring in the qualifying stages. I had benefited from the efforts of all the players involved in the qualifying stages. This time, I was here to play my part to see the country through to the Asian Cup in qualifying. This is a brilliant step-up for football in the country.”

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