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Churchill Brothers have had a topsy turvy season. After beating Dempo midway through the season, they went top of the table, before their season crumbled due to internal issues.

The management lost faith in Manuel Gomes, and the Portuguese coach’s authority was undermined, before he was eventually sacked after a lean spell.

That put paid to any hopes the Goans had of winning the I-League.

However on the personal front, several Churchill players had a good season. shortlists three of the best and picks a Player of the Season from them…..


The Brazilian Has Added Creativity To Churchill's Midfield...

The Brazilian switched over from Dempo to their arch rivals, in the hope of leading them to glory in the league, but eventually he has ended up empty handed this season, while his former club lifted the league title.

However individually, it has been another fruitful season for Beto, who has seen his stock rise over the course of the season. Nine goals in 15 appearances are amazing figures for a midfielder, but they do not even begin to tell the story of how the player has influenced Churchill’s attacks this season.

The midfielder has added calmness and creativity to the side, and whenever he has been missing, the side has really struggled to put some purpose into their attacks.


The Goan Has Added Some Muscle To Churchill's Midfield...

If Beto has bought creativity into Churchill’s midfield, Lenny has added muscle to it. The Goan has had a great season personally, with good performances in the league being capped off with a national team call.

The defence of Churchill hasn’t really been its strong point this year, with Antun Kovacic and Gouramangi Moirangthem having a mixed year. However it could have been much worse if it wasn’t for the tall, gangly midfielder, who has screened the defense well. Though he doesn’t contribute much offensively, he recycles possession really well in the middle and is definitely a midfielder we shall hear more of in the future.


Struggled To Fill Odafa's Shoes, But Still Has Done Well This Season...

The Gabonese import might not have been completely successful in filling Odafa Okolie’s huge boots, but the striker has done well to score 13 goals in his 19 appearances this season.

While not the biggest of presence upfront, Antchouet holds his own ground quite well. It has been his ability to pounce on rival defender’s mistakes and his movement that have made him standout this season for Churchill Brothers, and one hopes that as he gradually settles into life in the I-League. His second season might be far more explosive than the first.


Goals, Assists And Leadership - Beto Provides Them All To This Team...

Shillong Lajong (h) W 6-0

Shillong Lajong (a) W 2-0

Prayag United (h) W 5-2

There is absolutely no doubting the fact that the Brazilian has been a runaway hit at his new club this year. Scoring vital goals and creating countless others, Beto has been the “go to” man for the Goan outfit this season. Churchill would do well to build a team around the 32 year old midfielder next season. His leadership abilities are not to be underestimated as well.

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