Former Kerala Blasters top gun Iain Hume become Hero Indian Super League champion in changed colour
Iain Hume was only few of the characters in Hero Indian Super League 2016 final at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Kochi, who was involved in his second ISL final. In his first season of the ISL, he played for the home team Kerala Blasters, and he ended up being the runners-up. This time Hume got another opportunity to fight for the championship, but in changed colour. He was playing for Atletico de Kolkata, a team who had broken his heart in the inaugural season of Indian Super League, despite being his personal best performances, adjudged as tournament best players.
Although, Kerala didn’t realizes his potential, and champions Kolkata were quick to react, they hired him immediately as he was released from his first club Tranmere Rovers, whom he joined on 29 January 2015. Hume signed a six-month contract with his first club Tranmere Rovers, but 12 scoreless game resulted in sacking from the club, and on 5 June 2015, he was back in India, signing a new contract with Atletico de Kolkata.
Hume continued his good performance in second season of the Indian Super League, and finishes with 11 goals with the help of two hat-tricks, only to be adjudged second best behind Stiven Mendoza(13 goals) of Chennaiyin FC, the eventual champion. Although, he still wins tournament fittest player award.
Finally Iain Hume lifts the Hero Indian Super League trophy
Kolkata retained him for 2016 season as well, and this time he was awarded for his hard work, not only in form of personal accolades and prizes, but he got to touch the trophy, he was restrained from in 2014. His changed colour finally helped him in winning something for the club and colour he represented. He only scored 7 goals in 2016 season of Hero Indian Super League, but his team became champion. Atletico de Kolkata, tournament best team since its inauguration wins the ultimate prize, crowned as champion for the second time in three years of introduction.
Hume missed his penalty but saw Atlético de Kolkata come from behind to beat Kerala Blasters FC 4-3 on penalties and win the 2016 Hero Indian Super League, their second in three years. At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Sunday evening, the match ended 1-1 in full-time and when extra time too failed to decide the winner, it all came down to penalty shootout where the Kolkata team and their goalkeeper Debjit Majumder performed admirably to win 4-3 on penalties, after finishing 1-1 after normal plus extra-time of play.
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First time Iain Hume didn’t get any individual awards as Delhi Dynamos’ Marcelinho got awarded the golden boot, and Kerala Blasters’ Kervens Belfort got awarded Amul Fittest Player of the match. But, winning the championship has another level of joy, which you win as a team, and finally a player of Hume caliber wins the Hero Indian Super League championship.