Ranti Martins: ‘Playing under Armando will be an advantage for me’

Whilst the Nigerian revealed his dip in form was more due to financial stresses regarding United SC, he expects himself to star under old mentor Armando Colaco...

Ranti Martins has readied himself to become the mantle in attack for East Bengal in the 2014-15 I-League season. The 27-year-old believes it’s the right time for him to deliver considering the challenge at hand while also wanting to put a dismal 2013-14 campaign behind him.

"I know there will be expectations when you are part of a team of East Bengal’s stature. But I’m game for the challenge. I know what my job is,” elucidated Ranti, to The Telegraph, knowing well the consequences if he fails to live up to the expectations of the Kolkata-based club and its supporters.

Ranti seemed excited at the prospect of re-uniting with Armando Colaco, who trained him when Dempo SC was under the veteran Goan tactician’s tutelage.

“We had a lot of success while in Dempo. So, playing under Armando again will definitely be an advantage for me. We share a fine rapport,” he explained.

Not shying away from criticism regarding his form the previous season with United SC, Ranti lamented that financial worries at the club got the better of him. He salvaged some bright spots though, as a move to Shillong club Rangdajied United saw him help the north eastern outfit finish the season on a high.

"I’m concentrating on hard, full-throttle practice to be successful now. And for that, I even didn’t watch a major part of Nigeria’s matches this World Cup,” concluded the hitman.