Churchill Brothers SC won the Federation Cup for the first time in their history by beating Sporting Clube de Goa 3-1 in the final last weekend. It came much to the delight of everyone associated with the club, as they currently sit at the bottom of the I-League.
Anthony Wolfe, who made his debut for the Red Machines in the Federation Cup, explained how the winning the Cup competition will motivate the team to perform better in the I-League where they are placed at the bottom of the table.
‘‘I am pretty happy that we won the Federation Cup. We were going into the Federation Cup more as underdogs because we are at the bottom of the table in league. I think it’s a great achievement for the club, players and for the supporters as well.
“It encourages the supporters to come watch the team when the team play the next home game and stuff but I think it’s more of a motivational step for us in the I-League where we aim to come from the bottom of the table to at least finish fifth-or-sixth at the end of the season. So I think winning this cup was very, very important for us as players. I think we trained hard and responded on the field and no one disrespected each other.”
The Trinidad and Tobago striker, who was part of his country’s 2006 World Cup squad, has set some personal targets for the rest of the season.
“I set myself personal goals. Firstly I want to help the team come up from the bottom near the middle, at least out of the relegation zone. I set myself a target for eight goals, like six6-to-eight goals for the season because as I just said I just came here.
“Hopefully next season it will be more goals and that’s for sure because I’ll be more in tune with the culture and stuff. Because as a foreigner coming into a new team it takes a while as some players adjust quickly and some take a while. The language will take a while. It will take me the next two-or-three games as well to really get going but I think coming in pretty okay, good start, getting my goals and assisting as well. I assist and score but I am a team player - whenever anything is required I do what I have to do to get the job done.”
Wolfe explained as to what made him sign for the Goan giants who are known to release the foreign players should they fail to perform up to the level demanded by the management. Add to this, Churchill Brothers sit rock bottom of the league with 13 points from 10 games. He mentioned of having spoken to fellow Trinidadian Glen Cornell who plays for Shillong Lajong before joining the reigning I-League champions.
“The reason why I asked Cornell was because he was here before me so he had a better idea about the league and the clubs because playing at the clubs you hear different things from other players. So I asked him what he thought about taking the deal and he said it’s all about the opportunity and the team is at the bottom of the table, they are reshuffling players, because the foreign players are not doing that well and the team is at the bottom. So the owner is getting rid of them so it’s a great chance for me. I just have to come and prove myself and get the job done and I took the opportunity and so far things are going well.”
He had kind words for the Churchill Brothers team and management and praised the overall effort put in.
“I feel comfortable. I feel a family bond. No one disrespects each other. The staff works their socks off to put things in place for the players. So if the staff does that, no doubt players will get the job done for the team .So that’s like a chain reaction -You give nothing you get nothing-That’s life. You have to give to get. And if they do their part, we’ll do well like we showed at the Federation Cup.”
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