Accepting Indian citizenship was a tough decision: Arata

Arata Izumi, who currently plays for Pune FC in the I-League, was named in coach Wim Koevermans' 23-member squad for the international friendly against Palestine on February 6.

updated: January 30, 2013 19:45 IST
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Pune: The first 'foreigner' to have found a place in the Indian football squad, Japanese-born Arata Izumi says accepting Indian citizenship was one of the "toughest decisions" of his life.

"It was one of the toughest decisions for me to accept Indian citizenship. I had to consider a lot of factors, and talk to a lot of people, but I finally made the decision and I am happy about it," Arata said.

"It's been a tough process, an anxious wait and a decision that took a lot of thought. But I guess the wait was worth it all," he said.

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