Mohammed Rafiq, the East Bengal striker who was upset with his omission from the Athletico De Kolkata this season, said he is relieved now after having struck so many goals for his club so far this season.
Rafique again scored a brace for East Bengal in the team’s convincing 3-1 victory in the invitational football tournament in Bangladesh on Thursday. The red-and-gold brigade won their second consecutive match in their group, trouncing Karachi Electric FC 3-1.
Rafique, speaking over phone from Chattagram, on his performance in this season so far, said, “I got truly upset after I was omitted from ATK this season. I thought they would consider my name at least after I struck the winner in the ISL final against Kerala Blasters last year. But surprisingly I was not only omitted by ATK, I also lost place in the second edition of ISL. From that time, I took up a challenge of returning to the pitch with form. And so far I can remember, I have scored eight goals, starting from Kolkata league, till this tournament. At the end of this season I want to prove that I did not deserve to be axed from the ISL this seasn. ”
East Bengal coach Biswajit Bhattacharya was also happy with Rafique’s performance on Thursday as he also said over phone from Chattagram, “Rafique is gradually becoming important footballer for the team. He proved his mettle once again as Do Dong Hyun could not play in today’s match due to slight injury. Rafique’s excellent show has covered it up.”
Along with Rafique, the new Nigerian striker Orok Orok who has signed for the team on loan only for this tournament scored a goal for the team.