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AFC Cup: Mohun Bagan To Play Only One Foreigner Today

Wednesday, 3 May 2017|Abhranil Roy

Mohun Bagan has taken only one overseas player to play against Maziya S&RC in the AFC Cup today. With coach Sanjoy Sen also not traveling with the squad due to medical reasons, it is obvious that the Bengal giants are prioritizing the Federation Cup over the AFC Cup.

The 2014-15 I-League champions were awarded a spot in the second-tier intercontinental championship after they won the Federation Cup last season, but have failed to do anything noteworthy in the competition so far. They lost the reverse leg at home to the club from Maldives, and are currently ranked third in the group table. Katsumi Yusa, their captain is the only foreigner in the squad, with seven first team members including Sony Norde and Darryl Duffy being rested. When contacted by reputed Bengali daily Anandabazar Patrika, assistant coach Sankarlal Chakraborty said,"We are in a bad place in the table and we are not in good form as well. We will try to get a result by playing only Jeje (Lalpekhlua) up front.” 

The club’s thought process has shocked many, including ex-players and fans. Bagan’s viewing of the AFC Cup as a second-grade competition and as a screening test for the Federation Cup is a fair reflection of how the Bengal clubs think and why they are so short-sighted in their quest for success.