PANAJI: FC Goa’s Odei Onaindia, who has been a vital cog in their brilliant run in the Indian Super League (ISL) this season, will be an excited man when he arrives in Hyderabad on February 1 for the first game of the league’s second phase.
The Spaniard, who stood tall at the heart of the Nawabs’ defence for two seasons (2020-21, 2022-23) is coming back to take on his former club, Hyderabad FC, at the Maidaan in Gachibowli for the first time since he departed last summer.
Speaking ahead of the game, Onaindia seemed a little wistful about the time he spent in Yellow and Black.
“I had a couple of very good seasons in Hyderabad. We had a very good team – the players, the staff and the management were all kind to me and I am grateful for that. Now, the situation has changed – they are not at their best and they are not doing well. Still, we know that it will be a tough game for us but we have to get all the three points on offer,” said Onaindia.
Onaindia also spoke about the part that former Hyderabad and current Goa head coach Manolo Marquez had in convincing him to move to the Fatorda in Margao.
“Yes, one of the reasons I signed for FC Goa was Manolo (Marquez). I know his methods and style of working. We spoke, and after a bit of convincing, I decided to come here. I thought it was the best option for me at that point in my life. We are going through a good season, and hopefully, we can continue doing so,” he elaborated.