Calcutta: No matter who East Bengal’s foreign acquisitions will be this time around, Ranty Martins will certainly have to play a lead role.
Monday was Ranty’s first training session, at the East Bengal ground, and he looks to be in good shape, having scored in a practice match. The Nigerian seems to be aware of the expectations and is ready to take up the challenge.
“I know there will be expectations when you are part of a team of East Bengal’s stature. But I’m game for the challenge… I know what my job is,” Ranty said.
Reuniting with Armando Colaco, who was his coach during his Dempo days, should also help him excel, Ranty emphasised.
“We had a lot of success while in Dempo. So, playing under Armando again will definitely be an advantage for me. We share a fine rapport,” he said.
A prolific scorer ever since his stint with Dempo SC, Ranty had a rather quiet 2013-14 season for United SC, before he shifted to Rangdajied United FC at the start of this year.
By Ranty’s own admission, the financial crisis of United SC made him insecure and had an adverse effect on his performance.
“I’m concentrating on hard, full-throttle practice to be successful now. And for that, I even didn’t watch a major part of Nigeria’s matches this World Cup,” he said.