Ranti Martins: I will stay at Prayag United

Goal caught up with three-time consecutive Golden Boot winner who spoke on his ambition...

GOALBY   ANSELM NORONHA     Follow @apnoronha on twitter

Prayag United's Ranti Martins was named I-League's best striker and best player by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for having scored 27 goals in 25 outings in the last season.

Following the recent chit fund scam in West Bengal, the club doesn't look financially secure. However the Nigerian confirmed that he wishes to stay with the Purple Brigade in the coming term.

"I am very happy here at Prayag United and will be staying with them come next season," he told Goal.

"My aim is to try and do well personally and win trophies with my team."

Prayag United finished fourth in the last campaign and Ranti believes that with coach Eelco Schattorie's discipline, they can build a well-balanced team capable of competing with any other club in the country.

Ranti also confessed that he favours the home and away format for the I-League as opposed to an east and west conference system. However, he refused to comment on IMG-Reliance's proposed IPL-style tournament.

"It ultimately depends on the AIFF and what they have in mind, but I will prefer the current league format of home and away because there are only 14 teams competing in the I-League.

"I personally have nothing to say about the IMG-Reliance tournament," he added.

Nigeria who were part of the Confederations Cup made an exit from the group stage as they finished behind Spain and Uruguay in their cluster.

"I think we (Nigeria) did quite well and I was impressed. Although I watched only the first two games."

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