Things are going really well for Langer House at the moment are leading the league, defeated the leagues strongest team Bangalore Tigers at the weekend and now are into round 7 of the Indian Cup after defeating True Blazers last round. While the squad were in Delhi for the cup tie, Langer House President AzeemClark spent the time watching the match with the fans in Hyderabad. After the match Azeem had some time to take part in an interview for a local TV channel and threw some light on league and cup expectations, Golden League and HTUM Challenge Trophy.
Q: Azeem. Thank you for joining us here. It was a good performance today by Langer House, into the next round and also leading the league. It has been a good start to the season.
”It has been a positive start. We recovered really well from a disappointing last season. I think Leonard has done a good job in reviving the winning mentality of the squad. You can clearly see a more motivated group of people and I think this relegation from the I-League has actually helped us as now we can rebuild but we should also keep ourselves away from the red zone of relegation. Serie II.2 is also very competitive and its difficult to win. Defending Indian Cup winners Bangalore Tigers are in the league and they are the favorites and the best team in the league.”
Q: and the Cup?
”I think the seventh round is the best we have ever reached. So this season we want to go a little further and into round eight but we will do our best to go as far as possible”
Q: Last season Langer House were relegated from I-League and surprisingly this is only your second season in division II because the last time Langer House competed in division II you won immediately. So is it going to be same this time again?
”I am not sure because we need to work on the squad. We won serie II and competed in I-League for three season with a squad that was built investing about Rupees 400 million only. While the other teams were well built and expensive squads worth more than 1000 million rupees but still we competed with them. We are proud of those three seasons because one thing people don’t realize yet is that we competed in the nations top division with a squad that had 28 players and 15 of them were Yuva graduates. Vihar, Ariya, Nandini, Kazmi, Variar played a big role. I think now Dinamo Shiva is doing even a better job with academy players but we look at ourselves and not others. We are really proud of it but if we want to be really successful then we have to change.”
Q: Langer House also participates in friendly competition The Golden League and takes it very seriously which has resulted in big fan base across Europe. Last season you went all the way to the semi-finals and eventually finished fourth. Whats the aim this time?
”We are very serious competitors in GL and it can be seen from last season that we wanted to win it but finished fourth in the end which was very disappointing. Krosnianka Karpaty Krosno won it and is now setting up a benchmark for others by also winning the HTUM Challege Trophy again and again. They are a very well managed team with experienced players and it will take a great effort by someone to topple them and I think Langer House is one of the team to do it. Hopefully we can do it by winning GL4 because Langer House wants to win everything that is possible”
Q: So is promotion the target at the end of the season? also at the start of the season coach Leonard Pavel said some more players were promised to him. What are the areas Langer House are looking to strengthen?
”The promotion question is what everyone are asking these days. Certainly it is one of our aim to go back to I-League but it is not our biggest worry. Of course the fans want us to be back up and we are also planning a promotion to I-League but the question is whether is it this season? It could be but this season is the season to stabilize the club financially”
Q: and any players coming in this season?
”Mr.Pralad is working closely with the coach on that issue. Both of them know what the requirements and expectations are. So if there are any requirements which will help us to remain competitive then there will be arrivals. Certainly in the future big players will come in because I-League requires big players and for that we have to remain competitive So arrivals will be there if required”