Rani Mulyasari and his team-mate Tia Darti left home (Indonesia) last night, after the heartbreaking exit in the Quarter Finals of 18/30 Women’s Futsal Fiesta. This is the third consecutive year Rani played for Club Immigration in this tournament. Unlike the other two trips to Maldives, this is the only time she left home bare handed.
However, her artistry was worthy enough to award her the Queen of the Matches in the last two games of the group stage, despite missing two initial matches due to her unavailability.
Following is the exclusive interview she gave to the media of Club Immigration, a few minutes before she closed the chapter for the time.
Hi Rani, did you play street football as a child?
Yes. I did. I played on the street with my Elementary School team-mates. And you know what? They were all boys. But I enjoyed much with them.
How did you become the player you are today?
When I was a kid, I used to play on the street very much. So my father registered me for the futsal national team under-16 trial. And luckily I got selected to the national team. That is where I gave the maximum effort. And due that, my skill got improved gradually. So I became the player who I am today because my coach taught me much, and I learned much from him.
And also I did homework with YouTube to learn more skill.
What made you to become a futsal player?
To be honest, I was a football player initially. But in Indonesia it is very difficult to find a place to play football. But futsal went on growing with lots of opportunities. That is the reason I decided to become a futsal player. And also futsal became my passion because of the fame of it in the country, so I dreamed of becoming a professional futsal player one day and here I am today.
What do you remember of your professional debut?
My professional debut was with futsal national under-16 team in 2009. That was a memorable day. I didn’t know whether to smile, applaud the crowd, wave my hands in the air or just stay serious. I was extremely happy that I reached my goal. And I am so glad today to live in my dream.
Who is your futsal idol?
My idol is Caecar Silitonga from Indonesia. He is a professional futsal player. He has quick got feet and superb skill with the ball. And he is charming too… Haha…
Best moment of 18/30 WFF?
My best moments were when I lifted the championship trophy with Club Immigration.
How would you define club Immigration?
Friendly…Kind… That is the reason I decided to play Immigration.
What do you think is the reason for the early exit this year?
There are few reasons I would like to share. At the first place, teams were really tough. Most of the teams took the advantage of bringing foreign players. Secondly, I could not perform well in the Quarter Final match. DSC defended well, without giving me space to dribble and to receive the ball. And I think we were unlucky too.
If you get the chance next year, do you wish to come to play for Club Immigration again?
Undoubtedly, I would love to come. I want to regain the championship with Immigration. I want to jump over this psychological hurdle with Immigration. Most importantly, Club Immigration is now part of my career. This team is like a family to me. I wish I could stay here for some more time. But nothing remains forever (Rani wiped her tears).
Thank you Rani for the precious time. See you next year. Wish you a pleasant flight.
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