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AFC Cup 2016: 4 reasons why Bengaluru FC deserve to be in the finals

  • Bengaluru FC have fought against all odds to reach the pinnacle of Indian football.
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 08:30 IST

#2 The Indian Players

Eugeneson Lyngdoh Sunil Chhetri
Eugeneson has been BFC’s engine in the midfield

The key to a team’s success, in sub-continental shores, is usually the home-grown players, and Bengaluru FC have a mine of talent in this aspect. Sunil Chhetri, the talismanic national team captain, has always led Bengaluru FC from the front and is one of their main players. The captain scored a brilliant brace in the semi-final victory against Johor DT in the semi-finals, comfortably taking his team to the finals.

While Chhetri is arguably the best Indian forward ever, Bengaluru FC also boasts of the best Indian midfielder in its ranks, Eugeneson Lyngdoh. Lyngdoh is magic on the ball and a beast off it. Playing in a make-shift role as a left winger, the Indian International has accepted his role comfortably and has scored goals for his team at critical junctures.

Also read: Eugeneson Lyngdoh: Bengaluru FC's MVP

The other Indian contingent are not just there to make up the numbers, though. In Rino Anto and Nishu Kumar, Bengaluru FC have one of the safest side-back pairs currently plying their trade in India. Alwyn George can be our own version of Tomas Rosicky and is found everywhere on the pitch to help his teammates. A hard-worker, Alwyn never backs off from challenges and has shown his abilities on the biggest stage.

Amrinder Singh has kept four clean sheets in the AFC Cup journey as of now and deserves a national call-up soon.

CK Vineeth, upfront, is one of the most hard-working players in the team. Not as talented as Jeje Lalpekhlua or as burly-built as Robin Singh, Vineeth is a content player who burns a lot of grass match in, match out. The former Chirag United player always keeps his team first and is known to be unselfish for the team’s cause.

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Published 04 Nov 2016, 18:38 IST
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