Balwant Singh: Sunil Chhetri is my idol

The former JCT striker was pleased with his form as he scored four for the Red Machines in the Federation Cup…

Churchill Brothers notched their first Federation Cup title as they downed Sporting Clube de Goa 3-1 on Saturday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi.

Balwant Singh was one of the chief protagonists in scripting the win as he opened the scoring in the 22nd minute. His form has been impeccable throughout having scored four and also played a crucial role in setting up a few more for his team-mates.

The player was overjoyed following the triumph and couldn’t hide his emotions.

"This is a big win. The team worked together and worked very hard. It's great to win the first Federation Cup for Churchill Brothers,” he told Goal.

"Anthony Wolfe is a very nice person. Whenever I have a problem, he helps me out. He has taught me many small details about the game,” he added putting in a word of praise for new signing Anthony Wolfe.

With Subhash Bhowmick not being present for the Federation Cup due to personal reasons, Balwant gave credit to the technical director and hoped that he could join them soon when the I-League resumes.

"We all are missing Subhash Bhowmick sir badly. I know he is going through a bad period and I hope that he can come out of it very soon."

Wim Koevermans, the India coach, was spotted in the stands and taking notes of players who could possibly join the national camp. Given Balwant’s sublime form this season, a call-up looks only a matter of time.

"Sunil Chhetri is my idol. It's my dream to play with him in a team. Since that would require a national call-up, I will be working hard for that also. For now, I am happy with my recent form."