Chittagong, October 19, 2015: The most successful Indian club in international competitions, East Bengal have landed in Chittagong on Sunday and have trained prior to their opening fixture in Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup against Abahani Limited
Chittagong, which will be held tomorrow at the
M.A. Aziz Stadium in Chittagong.
The red and gold brigade have trained at Dampara Police Line Ground in Chittagong.
“We have came here missing thirteen players due to their ISL commitments, who did not traveled with the team. Inspite of that we have came here with overall strong and experienced squad. We will make and change our strategy match by match. Every coach wants his team to become champions, and if the players can play to their full potential then we have a very good chance of becoming champions. Our
performance will prove that we have came here to become nothing but champions.” East Bengal coach Biswajit Bhattacharya said in pre-match press conference.
East Bengal captain Deepak Mondal said, “Though thirteen of our players are playing in ISL but we still have a strong squad. We will play eying on the highest price. With Ranti (Martins) and Dong (hyun-Do) upfront with have enough fire power in forward line and we also have a formidable back-line.”
Ahead of the tournament East Bengal’s opponent Abahani Limited Chittagong, who are also hosting the competition, have boosted their squad by recruiting several players on loan from local rivals Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra.
The Bangladesh Premier League outfit have loaned some of national stars like Jahid Hassan Ameli, Mohamed Zahid Hossain, Hemanta Biswas Vincent, Mithun Chowdhury, Russel Mahmud Liton and Reza from Sheikh Russel, beside foreigners Baybeck, Kingsley Chigozie and Yoko Samnick.
“The preparation has simply not been good enough. Everything depends on a few experienced players. If they can motivate themselves by utilising home support and give their best only then can we dare to hope. Being in the group of death our primary target is to qualify for the semifinals.” Chittagong Abahani Coach Shafiqul Islam Manik stated.
Kick-Off: 7.00 PM IST