I have to be consistent to retain a place in the first team - Churchill Brothers midfielder Lenny Rodrigues

The 25-year-old was over the moon with the Cameroon coach's praises at the Nehru Cup where he put in consistent displays...
Lenny Rodrigues is still in a celebratory mood for being part of the Indian national team that emerged victorious over Cameroon in the final of the Nehru Cup 2012.

"I feel great for winning this (Nehru Cup) tournament. I think this is the beginning of my career. There is a lot more to come," he told Goal.com.

The India midfielder also drew praise from the Cameroon 'Local Lions' side coach Emmanuel Bosso for his dictative play from the middle by spraying passes all over the field.

"The number 6 (Lenny Rodrigues) has impressed me a lot. He can play around in the midfield and stays a potent force," were the words of Bosso.

In response, Lenny let his exuberance take over and said, "It's good for me to receive appreciation from a coach of a team who are ranked higher than us. It makes me feel as if I can play all over the world."

Turning his focus to Churchill Brothers' new season campaign, Lenny presumes that his club's expectations from him will also escalate.

"I came back from the India camp after winning the Nehru Cup and joined the camp on 5th [September]. I didn't practice because of a slight injury. From Monday onward I will join training," he revealed.

The India number 6 | Lenny Rodrigues in action at the Nehru Cup

He continued: "I have to give my best for the club (Churchill Brothers) also, so I am training towards recovery. Otherwise they will remind me by saying 'You've played well there, so you have to play well over here too.'

"I fell on my side in the final and some pain still persists, but the [Churchill Brothers] coaches has assured me some competitive action before I can be ready join the Federation Cup squad. I have to be consistent to retain my first team chances," he added.

Lenny Rodrigues also stated that, despite the frequent change of personnel in the coaching staff over the last few seasons, Churchill Brothers' team spirit can lead them towards the I-League title.

"Coaches come and coaches go, the club remains there," he said. "The players also come and go. This season, most of the players are under the age of 23 or 24 years, except for a few seniors, and the team spirit is very high. I think there's a very good chance for us to win the I-League this season."

Churchill Brothers are set begin their 2012 Federation Cup campaign against group B opponents Mohun Bagan on 20 September in Siliguri.

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