In the third attempt to find Odafa Onyeka Okolie a perfect strike partner in the ongoing I-League, being unimpressed with Koko Sakibo and Ernest Emako, Churchill Brothers have entrusted their faith in Kayne Vincent.
Goal.com got in touch with the New Zealand national of Japanese origin for a short interview to know what the former Mumbai FC striker has to say about his move to the Goan club.
Goal.com: How did the move to Churchill Brothers SC come about?
Kayne Vincent: The move came about when Churchill contacted me. My contract had run out with Mumbai FC so I was looking for a fresh start and when the offer came about I couldn't say no. I didn't have anything against Mumbai FC and didn't leave on bad terms.
Goal.com: What is the period of your agreement with the Goan club?
Kayne Vincent: I have signed a six month contract with Churchill Brothers, which expires at the end of the 2010/11 I-League season, so I'm hoping to make the most of it.
Goal.com: Are you confident of making it to the starting eleven of your new club?
Kayne Vincent: I am confident I can cement a starting position in the team because of my ability to play in more than one position. The club has Odafa, who will start if available, because the team needs him and he has the ability to score. I'm not trying to come into the team to take his place or compete against him. My aim is to help the team win and make the team stronger going forward and feed balls to Odafa and play off him. I always like a challenge, so if I'm not in the starting eleven in the coach's eyes, then I'll wait and try my best when given the chance.
I still have to find my full match fitness, but I came off the bench and played most of the match against Viva Kerala and felt heavy and not myself, so I hope the coach doesn't judge me too much on Thursday's performance. Once I get to know how the team plays, gel with the other players and get my conditioning right, then there should be no stopping me from helping the team in a positive way and showing what I can do.
Goal.com: Who do you think have done well in the I-League so far and why?
Kayne Vincent: I haven't seen much of the I-League so far having only arrived a few days ago, but I hear East Bengal are the team to beat. They seem to be impressive defensively so I'm looking forward to the challenge when Churchill come up against them.
Individually, you can't over look Odafa's performances no matter what people may say about his play. Goals speak louder than words and he (Odafa) has already netted nine in five matches, so to me that's very impressive.
I'm glad to have signed with a team such as Churchill Brothers and I look forward to the long journey ahead. The season is still young, so as long as we keep our unbeaten run going, there's no need to hit the panic button. Once we gather all our foreigners and players who are on international duty, I'm sure we will be get better and challenge seriously for the title.