Maor Kandil, the Maccabi Tel Aviv right back looked back at his club’s 3:1 win over Hapoel Haifa on Matchday 8 of the Israel Premier League Ligat Japanika and spoke about his time with the club:

“Everyone knows that it’s a battle to get into the squad. I worked hard and anytime I’ll get the chance I’ll show that I deserve to play. I worked hard in practice and I waited for my chance. When I had it I made sure to take advantage of it because you don’t know the next time you’ll have the opportunity.”

Playing for Maccabi:
“I knew where I was coming to and that there would be competition for playing time. I came from Bnei Yehuda to Maccabi Tel Aviv and I’m not going to give up on this opportunity easily.”

About the match:
“There are no easy matches and the early goal made our lives easier.”

Holding on to first place:
“Hadera is only a point behind us. We have good momentum and we are focussing only on ourselves and we have to continue to collect points. We will keep working hard in order to hold on to first place.”

Getting more playing time:
“I like the competition but it’s up to the coach. I know that I did my part and I want to give the coach a headache as I continue to play well.”

The rest of the way:
“We aren’t above the league but we have good momentum right now and you can’t take that away from us. We are dependent on ourselves and if that continues then I believe that things will go well the rest of the way.”