Vinit Rai: “Northeast United boosted the quality of football in Assam”


Team IFTWC recently organised a live session on Instagram with the Indian team and Odisha FC midfield maestro Vinit Rai. On 15th May the box to box player joined hands with IFTWC to talk about various aspects of the game and answer questions by the fans regarding development of football.

Starting with his first season as an ISL player , he started at a young age and joined Kerala Blasters FC for the 2016 season of the ISL. Although he got only 1 match to start, he got to learn about the league at the club. He then joined Delhi Dynamos in 2017. Vinit highly appreciated the efforts put in by the coaches and managing staff, and the trust they showed in him. All that gave power to him which then resulted in his good performance on the pitch and helped him sustain and improve with the team.

Apart from the coaching staff, a player Vinit thanked was Marcos Tebar. He says Marcos is a true leader and he knows how to handle and motivate the team in difficult situations , he inspires the team with his playing style. His chemistry with Tebar can be seen in the matches and how both of them know what the other player is going to do next. Although the team is not sure if Marcos will stay or not at OFC, Vinit surely wants to improve here at Odisha FC.

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Marcos Tebar and Vinit Rai with manager Josep Gombou

Talking about his contribution in the Indian team, he has been a part of the Indian National team for a while now and has played matches against Qatar and China. The team managed to earn a point from both these matches and he is still in a learning process, eager to serve the nation. When questioned what he does in his off season, Vinit replied that he works out 2 times a day for 6 days and rests on Sundays , he sticks to his diet all the time because fitness for him is the most important.

The Assamese youngster loves to play as a deepline midfielder and plays the role of a box to box man. He believes communication between players and a better understanding can help create a lot more chances to score. He tries to be a part of the build up process in any game and respects the position of a defensive midfielder. He is inspired by his idol Eugeneson Lyngdoh. He says Lyngdoh is a cool-headed player and has a great passing range. Vinit aspires to be a great player in the midfield and want to go abroad in the next 5 years to play in a different league and challenge himself.

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Vinit Rai for the Indian National Team

Vinit is a player who keeps most of the things to himself and is focused on developing himself and his game.

He discussed about the scenerio of football and its structure in Assam and mentioned that the introduction of North East United FC in the ISL helped a lot to boost the quality of football in Assam, as it motivated people and players. It resulted in the development of more football academies in Assam. He said local players are getting highlighted and much more opportunities are available to them now.

He wrapped up by telling that fitness and mentality are the 2 key attributes to become a good player and at an important position like his he doesn’t want opponents passing by and if they do he has to cover up, where fitness comes into play. Also a DMF has to do all the dirty work and has to go for every ball be it grounded or aerial whatever it’s probability be let it be 60-40 or 70-30 so here your strong mentality is required.

Finally we ended the session with a small rapid fire round with some miscellaneous questions where we got to know that Vinit’s favourite player is Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid is his favourite club.

Vinit is a player with great determination and dedication. He’s looking forward to grow more as a player at Odisha FC and do whatever he can for his country in international matches.