Odisha FC performance analyst Meet Mandavia reckons there were a lot of positives for the club despite not achieving their desired goals. Odisha FC finished in the seventh place in the Hero Indian Super League 2021-22 season with six wins from 20 matches. Odisha lost nine matches whereas five games ended in a draw as they finished with 23 points and thus could not qualify for the semifinal stages.
Meanwhile, it is worth mentioning that a performance analyst plays a key role in the team’s success. Meet Mandavia provides the head coach of the club with crucial insights during important phases of the match.
Meet Mandavia revealed about his career and how he became a coach as a performance analyst.
“While I was doing my engineering, I realized I did not want to proceed further along the same line. Hence, I got into football coaching. I think I got really late on deciding whether I wanted to play football. So, I did my first coaching license, the AIFF D License, and got into coaching. I started working in a local academy. During the lockdown, unfortunately, we were not able to operate. I did not intend on sitting idle and wanted to do anything related to football since I was committed to it,“ said Mandavia while talking to Sportskeeda.
On the other hand, Odisha FC got off to a decent start as they won three out of their first four matches but they veered off the track as the tournament progressed. Mandavia added it was a bit disappointing that some of the results didn’t go their way.
”We started off very well. We had ambition; we had a goal. We wanted to make it to the top four. Unfortunately, some results didn’t go our way. In the end, it was a little disappointing. But what I am really proud of is that not even a single day I had the feeling that the team isn’t doing enough. Everybody was committed to the project and the goal. Sometimes things work out and sometimes they don’t.”
Mandavia revealed everyone worked hard during the whole season and there were a lot of positives despite the fact they couldn’t reap rewards for their hard work.
“Of course, we need to analyze and find a solution. But at no point was I disappointed to be part of the team. Everybody worked hard, especially the commitment from the players was phenomenal right from day one to the very last day. We did not achieve the goals we set out to achieve. But there were a lot of positives. Some of the wins, especially the one against Bengaluru FC. Things like this were very positive for us,” he concluded.