CK Vineeth wants to keep going, for the love of the game

KOCHI: Imagine CK Vineeth It is a search engine. Look, 'playing from your heart'. A stream of grainy images of a skinny boy in a cheap kit and muddy boots should appear. Limit it to a professional and there is very little to see.

I can't remember, Vineeth says about the last time he played to his liking. My time with Bengaluru FC , a season with Kerala Blasters The international wonders of India. I certainly did it before I turned pro or in the early years, says Vineeth.

As the 31-year-old reflects on this while caring for his young son, he was about to complete a transfer to East Bengal from Jamshedpur FC, where he was a forgotten man, with almost no memorable period of action throughout the season.

East Bengal, which is reportedly looking at a change to the Indian Super League Following in the footsteps of arch-rivals Mohun Bagan who left the I-League after a merger with ATK, could be a lifeline for the cunning Kannur striker. But he wants to do it differently.

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The time out of football due to the Covid-19 crisis has made him introspective. As a professional, I have programmed myself to play with my brain, which is correct, but somewhere in between, I forgot to enjoy the game I was playing, like during my college days when playing soccer was all the happiness of my life. .

And Vineeth was a happy kid the last time he put on a Kolkata shirt. It was his defining season, 2012-13, when he left the comfort of his home for Kolkata to be with United SC and became the top Indian scorer in the I-League, the top-tier league in the country.

But in Kolkata's maidens, just as there may be a path to instant fame, there would be a lot of pressure that could trample on a career, like the one Vineeth is looking to revive.

No, not for fame this time, Vineeth replies. All the fame, promotions, and media attention have not helped. Soccer has become a job, I want to become passionately again. I want to play good games and enjoy playing week after week.

And on this mission, Vineeth is in good company. His close friend Rino Anto is also likely to join East Bengal. The right-back had forged a formidable partnership with Vineeth, first at Bengaluru FC, where they won two league titles and then with Kerala Blasters, with whom they reached an ISL final.

Rino, like Vineeth, hasn't been in the reckoning recently, with Bengaluru FC, who were reportedly dallying with a renewal of the contract. We're mentally prepared and it is now up to the players, a senior East Bengal official said on Sunday about the imminent twin deal.