Friday , 24 May 2019

Future at right time: Rowllin Borges


Sports Editor



“I am in discussions about my future with my club (NorthEast United FC). The semifinals are just over and it is difficult to forget the loss so soon. There is still time and I will take a decision when the time is right,” Rowllin Borges told The Navhind Times at his residence in Nuvem on Thursday.

Rowllin’s three year contract with North East United FC ends after the Super Cup and the player from Povocacao in Nuvem ,who played a key role in his team’s first entry into the semi finals of the Indian Super league (ISL), is a free agent . “I am receiving offers from other clubs but it is too early to decide. There are many factors that need to be considered. Right now I am concentrating on my recovery and to be ready for the Super Cup,” said Rowllin  as he unwounded at his residence.

Rowllin finished as the second highest goal scorer for NorthEast with four goals to his credit. Ogbeche finished as the highest goal scorer with twelve. “It is a pity that Ogbeche could not play in the second semi finals. The story could have been different had he been fit,” thinks Rowllin while down playing his own absence due to injury. “ Ogbeche was the main goal getter. I chipped in when I could. His absence was the difference,” Rowllin humbly admitted.

“I could score because I was given the responsibility to go forward and play my game.  You have to play the role assigned to you by your coach and that is what I did. When I am told to play back, I play. The coach decides,” said Rowllin explaining his performance in this edition of ISL.

“A coach decides the role of a player and a player does as expected. I was given my part and I executed. It feels nice to know people are appreciating my performance” said Rowllin who, at 26 years, is followed by every club in ISL for the forthcoming season.

Rowllin earns Rs 50 lakhs with North East United FC and his salary is expected to jump with age and versatility displayed on the field in the last three years being his advantage. “Obviously he has plenty of potential. He is young, very determined and not an expensive player to sign. There will be many clubs willing to pay him ,much more than what he gets, because his contract with his club is over,” stated a senior management member of an ISL club.

“Bengaluru and FC Goa are both strong teams. They both finished on equal number of points and are both equally balanced in their style of play. It is going to be very difficult to judge which team has a chance to win. Both start with an equal chance but the team that has more luck will emerge winner,” said Rowllin when asked for his assessment on the winner of ISL 5

“I will be flying back to join my team on March 19. We start preparations for the Super Cup and I should be ready to play for the tournament as my injury has almost healed,” affirmed Rowllin.