C. K. Vineeth: It’s been a strange few days for me

Indian football’s man of the moment, C. K. Vineeth, on Monday said he kept distractions at bay to overcome what he calls “strange last few days” and help Bengaluru FC to the Federation Cup title triumph.

C. K. Vineeth struck twice in the extra time to pave the way for a 2-0 victory over arch-rivals Mohun Bagan in the summit showdown in Cuttack on Sunday.   -  Stan Rayan

Indian football’s man of the moment, C. K. Vineeth, on Monday said he kept distractions at bay to overcome what he calls “strange last few days” and help Bengaluru FC to the Federation Cup title triumph.

Vineeth struck twice in the extra time to pave the way for a 2-0 victory over arch-rivals Mohun Bagan in the summit showdown in Cuttack on Sunday.

This was just after the India winger’s service was terminated by Kerala Accountant General’s office owing to lack of attendance.

“It’s been a strange few days for me but I kept every distraction aside and focused only on this big chance that we had to bring home a trophy,” Vineeth said.

The 29—year—old added, “We were the better team in every position on the pitch and I’m very happy that I could finish things off with two goals.”

The injured Sunil Chhetri, who watched the match from the stands and normally leads the team, had full faith in the players.

“The last ten days had been so difficult knowing I wouldn’t be able to help the team on the pitch. But not for once did I doubt that the boys would get the job done when it mattered the most.

“I sat in the stands for the final in two capacities — one as a Bengaluru FC player and the second, as a fan of this club,” Chhetri said.

Midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh said it was important for the club to win the tournament after a disappointing I-League.

“We’ve made it a habit to win one trophy a season at this club and we told ourselves that we have to keep that going.

Not winning the League this year also meant that if we were to play in Asia the next season, we had to turn up and deliver against Bagan on Sunday,” Lyngdoh said.

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