According to Meitei, FC Bengaluru United’s high level of professionalism sets them apart in Indian football.
Bengaluru 7th match: The indisputable Stafford Cup champions, FC Bengaluru United, who have won the BDFA thrice, have added another achievement to their resume. Following a sensational direct free kick by FCBU’s Vinil Poojary and a late winner from the tournament’s top scorer, Irfan Yadwad, FCBU defeated Chennayin FC 2-1 in a thrilling final. After a 30-year absence, the Karnataka State Football Association brought back the Stafford Challenge Cup earlier this year. Initially played almost a century ago.
Winning the Stafford Cup was a privilege for FC Bengaluru United captain Sushil Meitei, especially given the tournament’s rich history. He also stressed that winning the Stafford Cup was excellent preparation for the upcoming 2nd Division. And I-League Qualifiers because it allowed the team to assess its strengths and weaknesses. “It’s an incredible feeling to win the Stafford Cup after 30 years. It’s an honour to have been a part of the winning team. We can use this experience to better prepare for upcoming tournaments and perform to the best of our abilities.”
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Captain Sushil Meitei, FC Bengaluru United, Applauds Teamwork and Work Ethic
According to Sushil, the team’s hard work prior to the tournament. As well as their tireless work ethic, played a key role in their victory.
“We’ve been working hard since January. When I first arrived at the club, it was clear that the environment is highly competitive, with every player giving their all in training. During games, the squad is relentless for the entire 90-minute period. This, along with teamwork, I believe, truly distinguishes us and will assist us in achieving the desired results.” Sushil also mentioned the squad’s unique camaraderie. “We are a diverse group of players, but the team and management have done well to create a welcoming and inclusive culture, which has aided in the formation of a strong bond with one another.”
With the 2nd Division, I-League Qualifiers set to begin on March 13th. Sushil sounded optimistic about his team’s prospects not only for the upcoming tournament but also for the future. Having previously played in several leagues, including the ISL, he believes FC Bengaluru United has a bright future. “Whether it is the quality of facilities, the intensity of training sessions, the management or the approach to coaching and fitness, the level of professionalism is very high. Everything about the team inspires me to believe that FCBU will go far in Indian football.”
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