East Bengal striker Ranti Martins is already breaking club records so early on in the season, but the Nigerian has not set himself any big targets to achieve. In stead, his only goal is in the I-League right now.
East Bengal climbed to the top of the I-League with an emphatic 4-0 win over Shillong Lajong FC at the Barasat Stadium on Wednesday, but their position at the helm is under quite a bit of a threat. Firstly, there is Bengaluru FC, who have played one game less, and will topple the Lal Holuds if they beat DSK Shivajians on Wednesday.
Ranti Martins also created history in for his side, as he became the only East Bengal player to score a first half hattrick in the NFL/I-League. However, Ranti says that winning the I-League is still a very much possible task, and that is what he wants to think about, instead of individual honours, such as the top scorer’s title.
“I don’t want to think about the highest scorer [title]. My mission is to win the league. My mission is to win the league,” said Ranti after the match. “You always ask me, what is your target, I don’t know my target. Its only after there are like three matches to go, that I tell myself, oh, I can get there.”
Ranti patient with his chances
The East Bengal players have been criticised by their coach earlier this season for not taking their chances. Ranti also seemed to be singing the same tune as the coach, but said that being calm about it was what has helped him to overcome the adversities and get back on the scoresheet.
“You always want the striker to score. As a striker, you don’t need to be the playmaker. You only have to do your job. Last game I tried hard, but I was unlucky,” said Ranti. “So I was calm [this game], and I believed it [goals] would come. Now it has come, and I hope I continue to score more goals to help my team.”
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