Churchill Brothers SC defeated Sporting Clube de Goa 3-1 in the final encounter of the 35th Federation Cup to win the tournament for the first time in their history.
Balwant Singh, Alesh Sawant and Abdelhamid Shabana scored for the Red Machines while Victorino Fernandes pulled one back for his team.
After a dismal start in the I-League campaign, the Goan outfit has been a surprise package in the Federation Cup and this win may well boost their confidence before the remaining matches of the league, where they are placed in the lowest step of the ladder.
Abdelhaamid Shabana, the Egyptian recruit has been a key player of the defending I-League champions, as his work rate in the midfield has provided them with the much-needed creativity in the midfield.
Anthony Wolfe, the Trinidad and Tobago striker who was part of the national squad in 2006 World Cup, has also chipped in with a few very important goals and looks set to show his class in the league as well.
The standout performer, however, has been Balwant Singh, who is under the limelight after his foul goals in the competition. The former JCT and Salgoacar player has been a consistent performer from the start of the season for the Goan outfit, having scored 6 times in the league already.
Though Subhash Bhowmick, the technical director of Churchill Brothers has not travelled with the team to Kerala due to his personal problems, Mariano Dias has done a commendable job with the squad that lacked cohesion only until a few weeks ago.
Meanwhile Sporting Clube de Goa once again return home empty-handed after their third appearance in the final of the tournament, having lost on both the previous occasions. However they are placed second in the I-League standings and are very much in the race for title.
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