I-League: Churchill Brothers' Kayne Vincent Willing To Help Japanese Victims With Izumi Arata

Churchill Brothers to start IFA Shield campaign without full strength squad...
Churchill Brothers striker Kayne Vincent, who has a Japanese mother, is touched by the natural calamity that took place in Japan last week.

"There was nobody whom I know that was involved in the tragedy that happened in Japan, so I am relieved to know about that," he said.

On being informed that Izumi Arata has come forward in support of Japan's victims, Vincent said that he is also willing to do his bit for the cause.

"I will give him (Arata) a call and see what I can do to help," said the Churchill man who has acquired his nationality as a New Zealander since his father is a Kiwi.

Moving onto football, Vincent said his team has "two games less to worry about" in the I-League where Churchill are placed second.

"I'm happy with our team's position on the table. Even though we have played two more games than the others (Salgaocar and East Bengal), that's still two less games we have to worry about when the league resumes.

"The other teams still have two more games which, who knows, could work in their favour or could mean tired legs or injuries or suspensions," said the in-form striker.

Vincent exuberated confidence and mentioned that his team are absolutely under no pressure from their closest rivals in the title race - Salgaocar and East Bengal.

"I dont feel that we are under pressure, facing East Bengal and Salgaocar. They are great sides but there's also pressure for them to perform against us.

"Our team is getting stronger with each game we play and we will be playing them at home so that's also an advantage. Also they have to play more games than us," he observed.

The 22-year-old added, "I'm looking forward to how this season will unfold. With the top five [teams] very close, it should be interesting."

Churchill Brothers enter in the 2011 IFA Shield competition as the defending champions and play their first match against Chinese team Shandong FC on Friday afternoon.

Upon being asked if Churchill will play a second string team in the competition, Vincent said, "We have brought a full strength squad. It's a title to be won and we are defending champions so there's no point in going easy.

"Sure we have alot of players missing in the squad but it doesnt mean it's a second team. We all train hard together and the squad is a very talented group. So the younger players coming along with the team know what their jobs are and will have this chance to prove themselves."

"We are missing Mangi (Gouramangi Moirangthem), Steven [Dias], Denzil [Franco] to national team duties and Odafa [Okolie], Arindam [Bhattacharya], [Lalit] Thapa, [Mohammed] Rafi to injuries and will also be missing Zakeer [Mundampara]. Our team is still more than capable," he warned.

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