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Defender Gawli retires from national duty

sports Updated: Dec 27, 2011 01:57 IST
HT Correspondent
New Delhi

India defender Mahesh Gawli announced his international retirement on Monday, informing the All India Football Federation (AIFF) of his decision in a letter.

Gawli represented India in 82 matches, his last being the Saff Championship final which the hosts won earlier this month. "It is delightful and so appropriate to have a perfect farewell to my international career on winning the Saff Championship," Gawli said. A Dempo player for the past six years, Gawli added that he plans to continue to play club football for 'some more years'.

Asked to pick his most memorable moments, Gawli said: "The triumph in the AFC Challenge Cup (2008) has to stay on the top of the list. The 2011 Asian Cup is something which I will remember forever".

Gawli has been a pillar of strength in the Indian backline for a long time and picked United SC's Arnab Mondal as one of the players to look out for.