Highest Goal Scorers of Federation Cup
In the competition’s 45 years of history, only one Indian player made it to the list of top goal scorers
Founded in 1977, the Federation Cup was India’s most prestigious knockout football tournament after the I-League. Until 2017, the winner of the Federation Cup received a direct ticket to the AFC Cup. However, that very year, the Federation Cup was abolished and in 2018, it was rebranded as the Super Cup.
Since the Federation Cup was rebranded into the Super Cup, nobody remembers the records that were created by players and teams in the competition’s 45 years of history. Therefore, in the following paragraph, we have listed the all-time highest goal scorers of the Federation Cup.
Barreto, 27 goals
José Marcio Ramirez Barreto is a former Brazilian player who served as the assistant manager of ATK (now ATK MB) in 2019. Before becoming a manager, he played for several Indian football clubs such as Mahindra United, Mohun Bagan and Bhawanipore. In the Federation Cup, Barreto carved his name forever with 27 goals.
Chima Ephraim Okorie, 26 goals
Came to India as a student from Nigeria, Okorie’s footballing prowess helped him secure a place in one of the Indian football clubs in the mid-80s. The former Nigerian striker player for clubs such as Mohammedan Sporting Club, East Bengal Club, Mohun Bagan AC and a few more. In the Federation Cup’s history, Okorie became the scored highest goal scorer with 26 goals.
Bhutia, 25 goals
The only Indian player to feature on this list is Bhaichung Bhutia; a former Indian player who is still considered the torchbearer of Indian football. Bhutia made his debut in 1993 and retired in 2015 with tons of goals and achievements. The player from Sikkim played for clubs such as East Bengal, JCT, Bury, Mohun Bagan, United Sikkim and more. In the Federation Cup, Bhutia scored as many as 25 goals.
Chidi Edeh, 23 goals
Nigerian player Chidi Edeh signed with club Dempo in 2007. That very year, his goal scoring prowess helped Dempo SC to win their maiden title. Chidi Edeh played for several Indian clubs, but he scored maximum goals for East Bengal (55) and Mohun Bagan (39). Edeh is the fourth-highest goalscorer in Federation Cup’s history with 23 goals.
Last but not the least, Ranti Martins is the fifth-highest goalscorer in the Federation Cup with 18 goals.