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ISL 2018-19: With winner against NorthEast United, Chencho Gyeltshen says goodbye to Bengaluru FC

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Published 30 Jan 2019, 23:54 IST
30 Jan 2019, 23:54 IST

Chencho Gyeltshen celebrates after his winner for Bengaluru FC against NorthEast United (Image: ISL)
Chencho Gyeltshen celebrates after his winner for Bengaluru FC against NorthEast United (Image: ISL)

Bengaluru FC's Bhutanese forward Chencho Gyeltshen has scored two goals in the Indian Super League (ISL) and both of them have come against NorthEast United.

Now, hours after scoring against NorthEast, Chencho could head to the northeastern part of India, joining I-League outfit NEROCA FC of Imphal.

The winner which he scored against NEUFC on Wednesday at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium was his first goal at home and it now appears that it's his farewell performance for the Blues.

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"It's a great feeling scoring against them. It was a very crucial goal and I am happy to get that and do the job for the team," Chencho, 22, told Sportskeeda after his goal.

Bengaluru FC, the table-toppers in the ISL with 30 points in 13 games, are set to loan him out to NEROCA, who are fifth on the I-League table with 22 points in 14 games.

NEROCA are eight points adrift of leaders Chennai City FC and desperately need someone with the counter-attacking flair of Chencho in their midst.

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BFC will name a replacement for Chencho before the transfer window closes on January 31.

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The replacement won't be Dani Aquino, who was reported to join BFC but instead signed with a Cypriot club AEK Larnaca. A source said the terms with the player will be agreed before the afternoon of January 31.

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"It's (been) a very great experience in Bengaluru. I learned many things from the coach here," Chencho added.

Chencho has found minutes hard to come by in Bengaluru FC. He has featured only 358 minutes for BFC, making nine appearances mostly off the bench. Coach Carles Cuadrat banked on Chencho to fire for BFC when their main striker Miku suffered an injury after the Kerala Blasters game back on November 5.

However, Chencho could not execute the role of a No 9 quite as well as the coach thought. Chencho, after all, prefers playing on the left wing, the same position as star striker Sunil Chhetri.

However, Chencho has excelled as a super substitute, scoring off the bench against NEUFC. The coach, however, wants consistency from his players.

"It was a great feeling scoring in the home ground," Chencho said. "I am happy to celebrate with the fans."


Modified 20 Dec 2019, 21:17 IST
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