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The Afghan striker, who joined the Red Machines on loan only in January, has a domestic league title under his belt. Goal caught up with the forward after the Goans won the title

It is indeed a reason to be delighted for Balal Arezou, Churchill Brothers’ Afghan striker. The 24-year-old, who is on loan from Norwegian club Asker, joined the Goans during the January transfer window to replace the outgoing Akram Moghrabi. The striker had to fill in for the Lebanese international who had hit his stride in the I-League.

Now he has an I-League title under his belt and is looking forward to next season.

“I think we played well. We worked together and we needed one point to win the league. We did that and I’m so happy,” said Balal to Goal.

Churchill needed only a point to confirm themselves as champions ahead of the Mohun Bagan game. Arezou was happy that the side had garnered the needed point and ensuring that there was no delay in their celebrations.

Arezou is one of two Afghans plying their trade in the I-League, the other being Zohib Amiri of Mumbai FC. This will be a matter of pride for a nation who are looking to find their fight after being crippled due to acts of war.

“It’s good. In the last three years, we have formed a good national team and every day it keeps getting better and better there,” said the striker.

Like many of the players on the Churchill roster, Balal’s future at the club is still uncertain. The Afghan told Goal that he did not know whether he would be at the club next season, but expressed a desire to play the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup with an Indian club.

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