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.