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Sankarlal Chakraborty steps down as Mohun Bagan coach

KOLKATA: Sankarlal Chakraborty has resigned as head coach of Mohun Bagan following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Real Kashmir FC at home on Sunday.

“It is the right time to take responsibility on my shoulders and move way from the club,” Sankarlal said in the post match press conference.

Nonetheless, Sankarlal will continue for next two matches, to be played on 9th and 12th January against Minerva Punjab and Neroca FC respectively, as he wants to give Mohun Bagan officials some time to find his replacement.

Having joined the Mariners as their head coach in January last year, following Sanjoy Sen’s resignation, Sankarlal has been lauded for the team’s improved performances in the second half of the season, and the kind of enterprising football the side has been playing.

However, Chakraborty came under fire this season after Mohun Bagan won just four of 11 matches, leaving them sixth in the I-League standings, nine points behind leaders Chennai City FC.

Sankarlal’s resignation will be welcomed by many Mohun Bagan fans who have called for his resignation in recent days.

Manuel Lanzarote named as ATK captain for entire season

Kolkata, 20th September, 2018: Two-time Indian Super League (ISL) winners ATK on Thursday unveiled their new look official team jersey for the upcoming season, a symbol of new found grit and determination and announced the beginning of preparations for the fifth season. Mr. Sanjiv Goenka, Principal Owner ATK along with Steve Coppell, Head Coach, ATK and Assistant Coach ATK, Sanjoy Sen revealed the new look jersey and shared the team management’s plans for the upcoming fifth edition of ISL.

The jersey design embodies the bold stripe pattern while the red and blue colours echo the ethos of the club. The already known colours of ATK stand for the values of the club.

ATK had a fruitful preseason in Spain. Steve Coppell and his men had been playing in Pinatar Arena Football Center, San Pedro del Pinatar ahead of the season opener and won two out of their three practice matches.

“We are happy to unveil the team’s new jersey for the upcoming fifth season of Indian Super League. The new jersey is the symbol of the strength and the passion the club carries with it. We are quite excited after the preseason and the players are raring to go,” said Sanjiv Goenka.

“I am eagerly waiting for the start of the tournament. We have had a fruitful preseason in Spain where we got our chance to test all our players and now it is time to prove our mettle on the stage that matters.” Steve Coppell said.

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Mohun Bagan axe Ansumana Kromah

KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan have reached an agreement to release Liberian forward Ghanefo Ansumana Kromah from his contract, the club confirmed in a statement.

“Mohun Bagan have parted ways with Ghanefo Ansumana Kromah. The Club and player have agreed a mutual separation today. We wish the player all the best for his future endeavors.” Mohun Bagan said in a press release.

Mohun Bagan, who were one of the most consistent teams in I-League during past three seasons, have endured a nightmarish campaign this time around, having achieved only three victories from 9 matches, which led to the resignation of long serving Head Coach Sanjoy Sen last week.

Kromah is one of several players who have under-performed for Mohun Bagan this season and the club has decided to let him go four months before the expiry of his contract.

The Liberian left Churchill Brothers in June 2017 to join the Kolkata giants, but the class Kromah was expected to bring into the team never materialized and he failed to live up to the club’s expectations.

I-League 2017/18: Sanjoy Sen battle to win back fans as Bagan host Chennai

KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan’s next I-League match against Chennai City FC tomorrow could determine the future of under-fire Head Coach Sanjoy Sen, who had to endure barrage of abuse from unhappy fans after their 1-1 draw against Indian Arrows.

Mohun Bagan since winning 5-0 against Churchill Brothers early in December, suddenly unable to string wins together and falling off the championship pace. The Mariners have won just two of their previous 6 matches in I-League, including three consecutive draws.

The sequence of poor results has seen the pressure increase on coach Sen, with some speculating he may be asked to seek employment elsewhere if the team fail to beat the Southern outfit.

Nonetheless, the increasingly pressured coach was adamant that despite the club’s poor run of form‚ the Mariners, who are fourth in the standings, can turn things around.

But he will find it very difficult to convince the club’s many supporters who are becoming increasingly disillusioned with his regime‚ especially after Mohun Bagan’s draw against a 10-man Indian Arrows at home last weekend, which saw the team were booed off the field.

Although Mohun Bagan are only four points behind league leaders East Bengal, it has been a testing period for the Kolkata giants.

Three goals conceded in 6 games to date suggests there is not much wrong with the defense, but they need to find a way to stop missing sitters at the other end, which has been their Achilles heel.

However, coach Sen continues to maintain a positive outlook in the face of his many challenges and feels it’s his responsibility to keep the spirits up as Mohun Bagan look to bounce back to winning ways, starting with Tuesday evening’s clash against Chennai City FC at home.

Mohun Bagan can expect a difficult day in the office against a improving Chennai City FC side, as coach V. Soundrarajan has transformed them into a very difficult side to beat, despite having very little to work with.

Though Chennai City lost their most recent I-League fixture against East Bengal but with players like Jean Michael Joachim, Dharmaraj Ravanan and Soosai Raj in their ranks, they are always going to be a tricky customer to deal with.

Playing at a smaller Mohun Bagan Ground would also suit their playing style as Chennai City FC like to pack the centre of the midfield.

Meanwhile, Coach Soundrarajan knows the hostile crowd will make life difficult for his side, but if the visitors can apply themselves then Mohun Bagan would find themselves in a spot of bother and Sony Norde is not there to save the day for them.

Mohun Bagan reportedly considering Sanjoy Sen’s future

KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan Head Coach Sanjoy Sen is under pressure, with a faction of Mariners fans calling for the mentor’s exit.

On Friday afternoon, following Mohun Bagan’s 1-1 draw with Indian Arrows at Mohun Bagan Ground, a number of fans were heard chanting “Sanjoy Sen go back”.

This was after they had to witness yet another below par performance, as Indian Arrows came from behind to hold Mohun Bagan 1-1, which was their third consecutive draw since winning against Churchill Brothers earlier this month.

We have learnt that Mohun Bagan management are reportedly considering the future of Sanjoy Sen at the club, with the Mariners hierarchy believed to be divided on whether or not Sanjoy Sen should remain on the bench until the end of the season.

According to our sources, some of the club’s senior figures believe it’s time for a change, while others want to give Sanjoy Sen more time.

Whether Sanjoy Sen is shown the door now or later on, the Mariners management will still have to consider their options and rumours circulating that Mridul Banerjee is amongst the early candidates linked as a possible replacement for Sanjoy Sen, although there has been no official word as yet.

Mridul Banerjee, could be seen as the perfect candidate for the job as he is someone who is familiar with Mohun Bagan, is currently unattached, which means the club will be able to approach him.

However, for the time being it appears that the current coach has the management’s backing.

I-League 2017/18: Bagan Gear Up For First-Ever I-League Fixture At Kolkata Maidan

KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan host Indian Arrows in what will be a historic first ever I-League match at their own home ground on Friday. Meanwhile, this is going to be the youngsters’ first visit to the city which is termed as the Mecca of Indian Football after their FIFA U-17 World Cup campaign.

The Green and Maroons will be looking to shrug off their mid-table blues and will be relying on the support of their faithful present at the club grounds, attendance expected to breach the 15,000 mark.

Though the Kolkata giants have remained unbeaten this season so far, three draws with only two victories have seen them slip to the fifth spot on the 2017/18 I-League table. The latest results at home, a 1-1 draw with Shillong Lajong and a goalless stalemate against newly promoted NEROCA FC have made the fans restless coupled with arch-rivals East Bengal now perched on top of the standings.

“We play to win matches but is impossible to win all the games. Obviously will be eyeing full three points from tomorrow’s game. In the last match we created more chances but unfortunately could not convert. We have already lost too many points. Three draws are equivalent to defeats. We have dropped six points already. We cannot afford to lose any more points”, said head coach Sanjoy Sen on the eve of the game.

He also upped the young side, “Indian Arrows are a good side. They won their first game but lost in the next three matches. They successfully came back against Lajong and showed everybody they are a good side. We have to be cautious against them. When a team play together for a long time and train under a good coach, they obviously become an organised outfit. The coordination is evident from their performances.”

He hoped that the fans will go back smiling after watching their football stars play in I-League at home for the first time. “We are playing a I-League match for the very first time at our own ground. The perfect way to commemorate this occasion is by winning the match.”

While Sony Norde and Arijit Bagui are ruled out, Eze Kingsley makes his comeback after a one-game suspension. Azharuddin Mallick could get his first start of the season in the left wing position.

On the flip side, Indian Arrows arrive after thrashing Shillong Lajong 3-0 on Boxing Day and the confidence was sky high.

“I am very much excited to come here to the ‘City of Joy’ for the first time and I have been told the passion here for the game is at a different level. With East Bengal, Mohun Bagan are the front runners to win or at least finish in a top-four place in this competition. They are experienced side and there is a lot of public support with the team that is important”, Matos pointed out.

“When I-League started, the clubs looked at us as outsiders but now they are taking it seriously. We are motivated to play against Mohun Bagan. All my players talk about Kolkata and they will try to win the game. It is a historic team in India and we await a lot of difficulties put in front of us tomorrow,” gaffer Matos added.

On playing in front of a large crowd all rooting against them, the former SL Benfica ‘B’ man did not read too negatively into that. “In the World Cup, the boys played in front of 50000 people but that was for us. Tomorrow will be completely different. They will have to cope otherwise how will they learn? I hope that motivates them more to do well. Earlier this year we played in Saudi Arabia where 10-15000 people were against us and we started the game well. These are the kinds of situations they need to tackle if they have to play top football in Asia and this is a lesson for the boys. I am very excited to play in front of 20000 people”, he said.

“It is not impossible to fight for final four and we would not like to finish last as we have to fight for pride but what our target is the experience after the I-League gets over – that is the most important bit to me. Six goals in five games mean we have done well and it is a team of all Indians that too 16 to 18 year-olds”, he commented on his side’s ultimate aspirations.

I-League 2017/18: Mohun Bagan edge East Bengal for Kolkata bragging rights

KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan defeated East Bengal by the slimmest of margins in the first Kolkata Derby of the 2017/18 I-League at the refurbished Vivekananda Yuvabharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Sunday.

Kingsley Eze Obumneme scored from a Sony Norde flag-kick in the 39th minute, which the Mariners managed to keep a hold off until the full-time whistle.

Both sides made three changes to the starting lineups from their last outings. Yuta Kinowaki was passed fit with Arijit Bagui and Naro Hari Shrestha gave a run out in the crunch game. Azharuddin Mallick failed a fitness test in the morning and Chesterpaul Lyngdoh was not even included in the matchday squad. Khalid Jamil stuck to his 4-1-4-1 formation but the experienced duo of goalkeeper Luis Barreto and defender Gurwinder Singh were ushered in Laldanmawia Ralte was fit to feature from the start. India internationals Mohammed Rafique and Salam Ranjan Singh failed to make the cut on the bench as well.

Ansumama Kromah and Aser Dipanda tried to take early advantage of the home side but East Bengal remained resolute. However, the young Mehtab Singh was taken off for Lalramchullova early in the game after he was booked for a foul on Sony Norde. Naro Hari Shrestha’s outing too was cut short by the introduction of Shaikh Faiaz, all before the half-hour mark.

In the 33rd minute, Kingsley headed in from Sony Norde’s flag-kick which Barreto parried off but also hit the post, only to frustrate the Green and Maroon brigade. However, the goal did arrive six minutes later in a similar fashion when the Nigerian defender made sure he broke the deadlock, that too against the coach whom he shared a dressing room in Aizawl in a title-winning last season.

Right after the break, Jamil switched strategies. By sacrificing a midfielder in Armand Bazzoau, he brought on Charles De Souza to partner Willis Plaza upfront, changing to a 4-4-2.

Last season’s Golden Boot winner, Aser Dipanda’s time on the field was cut short by a blow he suffered from a knock with Kingfisher East Bengal’s Eduardo Ferreira soon after the resumption of the game and was later taken to the hospital.

Katsumi Yusa, facing his old side was unable to inspire his forwards but his ferocious curling freekick in the 65th minute had almost sent the Kingfisher East Bengal fans smiling but it fell inches wide.

Shilton Paul and Kingsley showed immense maturity to stop all East Bengal attacks with the keeper even pulling off a delectable shot off Laldanmawia Ralte’s angled shot to keep Mohun Bagan in the game.

Both sets of forwards had an average day at the office and it was epitomized by Sony Norde’s miss in the dying embers of the game.

Sanjoy Sen’s side managed to hold on to the scoreline which saw them open their win tally and take them to the third position on the table with four points. Khalid Jamil was unable to change his shoddy record of facing Sen in away game but they now travel to face Shillong Lajong on 9th December. The upbeat Mariners host Churchill Brothers Goa SC the next day at home.

I-League 2017/18: Fireworks expected as Mohun Bagan take on East Bengal

KOLKATA: The battle lines have been drawn for the biggest fixture on the Indian football calendar, as Mohun Bagan and East Bengal go toe-to-toe in the highly anticipated Kolkata Derby on Sunday. Continue reading “I-League 2017/18: Fireworks expected as Mohun Bagan take on East Bengal”

I-League 2017/18: Sanjoy Sen reflects on Minerva Punjab draw

LUDHIANA: “Surrendering the lead is not good at all,” coach Sanjoy Sen reflects on the 1-1 draw between Mohun Bagan and Minerva Punjab FC on Saturday. “We will continue to work hard at training until we find a solution to this kind of a problem.”

Mohun Bagan and Minerva Punjab played to a 1-1 draw in the 2017/18 I-League opener at Ludhiana. Bagan dominated proceedings in the first half, but could not score more than the sole goal.

“We created opportunities in this game but that doesn’t count if you don’t win it,” coach Sen commented during post match media interaction.

“We had a better first half. Minerva came back in the second half. Still, we got some chances, but it just didn’t happen on the day.” rued the Bagan coach.

“We played the first half without too many challenges from the opponent,” said coach Sen. “If we exerted ourselves a little more in the first half we could have had at least another goal at the break.”

“I see that we struggle with the final pass and the final strike on goal. We have to make sure the quality of the finishing becomes better,” he concluded.

I-League 2017/18: Mohun Bagan on rectification path to glory

NEW DELHI: After finishing runners-up for two seasons in a row, Mohun Bagan will look to rectify their mistakes and bring back the I-League trophy to Kolkata. The 11th edition of I-League kicks off tomorrow with the Kolkata giants travelling to Ludhiana with Minerva Punjab FC playing hosts.

Coach Sanjoy Sen was highly optimistic about his team’s chances in the upcoming edition of I-League, “Mohun Bagan always plays to win. There is no runners-up mentality in our team or management. Our only goal is to be the Champions of India.”

After their success in the 2014-15 season. Mohun Bagan finished second to Bengaluru FC and Aizawl FC in the following two years. The margin of losing out by a solitary point in 2016-17 had hurt even more, with the management, players, coaches and fans all disappointed at the outcome. But a new season promises a fresh start for the century-old club.

“We have new sides like Neroca FC and Gokulam Kerala FC who have come in. Almost every team has a new setup with new players in place. So it is going to be a new challenge for all of us. And no team can be certain of success. But as I mentioned we will play to win the league”, quipped the gaffer.

“The senior players will surely guide the youngsters. Sony Norde is our captain. And the younger boys look up to him for guidance. My job as a coach is to boost their confidence and look after them so that they can reach their full potential”.

With passionate fans abound, there is always an extra pressure when you are the coach of a Kolkata giant but Sen takes it in his stride, “It is just another part of my job. I know what I have to do and the pressure doesn’t affect me in any way”.

Despite being in contention, Mohun Bagan finished trophy-less last season, but Sen remained positive and spoke on the importance of being in contention, “It is always important to be among the top sides of the country. You cannot win all the time but you have to be among the top teams and Mohun Bagan has done it over the past few seasons. I’m sure with some luck on our side we will end up as the winners this time around”.