False Hope Followed By Reality

A qualifying match for promotion last season followed by an unexpected win against Fiery Warriors gave some false hope on what to come this season, but a cold and hurtful reality has hit the minds of the players from Football Club Tranquebar. Three defeats in one week and with a rejuvenated and deteriorated squad for this season, reality has got into both the players on the training ground and the club’s administrative part. Is this the real strength of the squad from a club that has been progressing through most of its existence or is it just a team being unlucky?

Strong players transferring to Tharangambadi in recent seasons is gone again and with only one non-homegrown player in the squad, the idea of a competitive squad of local players scouted at the youngest possible age is still on, but after seasons of getting better and better results, it is time to make changes to secure the best future possible for Football Club Tranquebar. The squad to make acceptable results is there but adversity is expected – however, not as much as in recent days.

According to team captain Narottam Samal it is not Tanvir Datta’s fault that a storm of goals from the opponents has been scored. The team power is down from last season, but the believes in the project is still there. A project started in late august of 2013 when a young Muthupandi ‘Tamil Warrior’ Variar was promoted to the first team as the first from Tranquebar Talent Factory. “Both Warrior and i have been here almost from the foundation of the club. Hope, wishes and dreams has been sky high from day one and even though we have made mistakes both as players and as a club. The development has always been in a positive direction. The recent setback on the field doesn’t change that at all. Strong players has left the club and been replaced by very young players” he said when we meet him to talk about what is going wrong for his team.

“We have always produced a lot of talented players. I was a part of the first bunch of talents and new ones are ready to continue the exceptional tradition. That is why we look weaker at the moment, but the standard for what we are and can do with local talents keep pushing the maximum level for what we have accomplished for many many seasons” he said. The Fab4 core from the early days, with Jindal, Bokil, the Warrior and Samal has been the foundation of the Tranquebar squad for 14 seasons, many other has transferred to other parts of the world; Still there are Katam, Wattoo and Karve to take over when it is time for the four legendary players to retire, but that is not an issue now or in a near future. More new talents will be strong, experienced and ready before the days arrive.

“We still have a lot to give and will be around for as long as the club need us. The younger guys are already good players and the next group of talents will be to before we get other positions in the club” he said with high confidence. The Fab 4 with almost 1600 matches for the club combined is still making a difference, but the competition only get harder as time goes by. New talents like Janjua, Phadnis and Murthy is next in line before new ones will be trained to make dreams come alive once again. “Like i said before. We are a club with great tradition for making extraordinary talented players. We have done that in every part of the field and the new young players will be just as good as the last trio. they are better than we have ever been and will take the club to greater times. So i can assure that our losses are a brief setback before we reach a new level in power as a team. The dreams of us original core making an impact on the highest level might be cancelled, but the fight to reach I-League as a club is far from over, but for now we have to accept that sometimes it is necessary to take a step back to take bigger steps onward”.

About Hojris

The manager and proud owner of MS Odense since 2008 and manager of Football Club Tranquebar since 2013. Member of Mission Superliga since 2009, Chairman of HTU Managers since 2011 and the founder of HU-Press (2011). Last but not least former host on Radiotrick, HT-Radio.dk and also had a short stint as MOD in Denmark (2011-2012).