Tag: Sankarlal Chakraborty

I-League 2018/19: Mohun Bagan seek revival under new coach

KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan will seek a revival of fortunes under new coach Khalid Jamil when they take on Minerva Punjab in a must win 2018/19 I-League fixture on Wednesday at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, kick-off 2 pm.

Khalid Jmail takes over the reins of the team after previous incumbent Sankarlal Chakraborty put in his papers following successive defeats against Neroca FC and Real Kashmir which leaves them on sixth place in league standings with 15 points from 11 matches, nine points shy of leaders Chennai City FC.

Formerly at bitter rivals East Bengal where he failed to impress, Khalid has a big job on his hands but he is confident the players available will do the task to revive the team.

“It is a big challenge for me and I am aware but only unity at the moment will help us. I will do my best as the coach to make sure the team returns to where it belongs. I believe the players available are capable of accomplishing the task.” Khalid said after conducting his first training session on Tuesday.

“Players are fully aware that what happened in last few matches is simply unacceptable for a club of Mohun Bagan’s magnitude and stature. The first thing I need to do with the players is to reinforce them mentally, to make them mentally stronger. Once the head is okay, then everything else will take care of itself. The important thing is injecting them with elements of self-belief and self-confidence,”  he added.

Although Khalid has mentioned that it’s literally impossible to make any drastic changes in just 24 hours but judging by Mohun Bagan’s training session on Tuesday, the former India international has definitely succeeded to inject positive energy in the side that has lost the fighting spirit and will to win.

“We need to prepare for the race till the end because the difference between top and bottom teams is not that big. Definitely it’s difficult but not impossible we need to give our best shot,” Khalid concluded.

Mohun Bagan will be without defender Lalchhawnkima (Kim Kima), who is injured. He join long term absentee Sukhdev Singh.

Mohun Bagan confirm Khalid Jamil as new head coach

KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan have confirmed the appointment of Khalid Jamil as the new head coach. He takes over from Sankarlal Chakraborty who resigned yesterday, taking the blame for team’s poor performance in ongoing 2018/19 I-League.

“With immense pleasure we wish to inform you that Mr. Khalid Jamil has been appointed as the new Head Coach of Mohun Bagan Senior Football Team for remainder of 2018-2019 football season.” a club statement read.

With Mohun Bagan in desperate need in a change of fortunes, Jamil could well be the man they will be looking for, as the Mumbaikar will hope to bring his experience to the fore and lead the team to better results.

Nonetheless, his appointment will raise eyebrows. Having guided Aizawl FC to their maiden I-League triumph, Jamil was roped in amid fanfare with a two-year contract by East Bengal last season. However, at the end of the season East Bengal sacked Jamil after he failed to live up to the club’s expectations with one year left on his contract.

Players who serve under Jamil praise him for his technical astuteness and in-depth knowledge of all players in the I-League.

However, the coach’s fiery, many would say erratic, personality, and run-ins with administrators, match officials and sometimes his own players have often been his downfall at clubs.

Jamil’s first assignment will be a home tie against Minerva Punjab on Wednesday.

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.

I-League 2018/19: Minerva Punjab take on Mohun Bagan in a battle of strugglers

Chandigarh, December 18, 2018: Defending Champions Minerva Punjab take on former champions Mohun Bagan on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkhula.

The 44th match of the 2018/19 I-League is scheduled for a 2 PM start. Both teams have found the going tough in the current season, with the champions finding goals hard to come by while Mohun Bagan are failing to cross the line in their matches.

As a result, Minerva find themselves in the fifth place on the points table with 12 points from eight games while the Kolkata giants have played a game less for their nine points and are in the eighth position.

The champions have bolstered their squad along the way with Irish coach Paul Munster obviously looking to plug gaps. They have brought in Nigerians Bala Dahir and Donatus Edafe as well as Ivorian Kouassi Kouame to strengthen their midfield and attack.

Japanese striker Yu Kuboki also started his first game in Minerva’s previous encounter against Chennai City after not featuring in any of their first seven games due to injury. Colombian defender Jorge Ivan Caicedo Rodriguez is their latest signing to beef up the defence.

Minerva clearly start favourites given they have notched up two wins in their last three games while Bagan have lost two and drawn one going into Thursday’s game.

Paul Munster seemed to suggest just that on the eve of the match. He said, “This game is massive. In our last game we got a clean sheet. This is where we have to take our chances. In our last game we got many chances but now we have to convert them.

“We can’t say anything about the result. We just have to look forward. This game is all about the better team who will win the game. It’s a massive game for us,” said Munster.

Mohun Bagan, on the other hand, have been having injury woes with star winger Sony Norde of Haiti missing out on the ‘Kolkata Derby’ loss against arch-rivals East Bengal in the last game. Talented young winger Pintu Mahata has also been sidelined due to injury and so has Sukhdev Singh, the former Minerva defender whose recruitment was cleared recently.

Coach Sankarlal betrayed signs of both desperation and frustration on the match-day eve, when he said, “We won’t say that we are not playing good. We are playing well but not being able to gather three points. We are trying our level best. Yes, we have lost two-three but the team mentally and physically are active,” said Sankarlal.

“When the team travels there is a mental impact. We have come here to collect three points and we have to get three points anyhow. Mohun Bagan is always charged up for new challenges. Kudos to Minerva for playing great football in the last few matches,” he said.

Minerva have conceded just five but also scored just six. Mohun Bagan, on the other hand, have scored nine but conceded 10 and are going to miss their defensive bulwark Eze Kingsley on Thursday, as the Nigerian was sent off for a second bookable offence against arch-rivals East Bengal on Sunday. Their only silver lining being two–time Hero I-League top scorer Dipanda Dicka being in form with four goals so far including a super strike against the Red and Golds.

It will be the Cameroonian Dicka against the miserly Minerva defence on one hand, while a wobbly Mohun Bagan defence will try to keep a bolstered Minerva attack at bay. All in all, an absorbing encounter on the cards.

I-League 2018/19: Mohun Bagan face uphill battle against Chennai City

KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan will hope that the loss against Churchill Brothers is water under the bridge when facing  leaders Chennai City FC in 2018/19 I-League this Saturday evening. Kick-off at Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan is at 5 PM.

Mohun Bagan saw their unbeaten run cut short to four games when they were beaten 3-0 by Churchill last week.

Tactically Mariners looked poorer with defenders were exposed and looked incredibly vulnerable. There was no intensity in their play, they kept playing long balls, losing possession cheaply and failed to find the penetration needed to threaten the rival goal.

Despite his disappointment with the result Mohun Bagan coach Sankarlal Chakraborty remains confident that his team will bounce back from their poor performance.

“The previous game was an eye opener for the team. The players have put the disappointment behind and fully focused on the upcoming game against Chennai City.” Chakraborty said.

While Mohun Bagan look to redeem themselves after suffering their worst home defeat since 2008/09 season,  Chakraborty knows it will not get any easier against Chennai City, who are on a 4-match winning streak, but he believes his side is more than capable of turning the corner.

“Chennai City will be very difficult opponents, they play a possession game and they hold the ball well. The key to the match will be the midfield, we need to win the ball in those areas. We have to put up some good work and make sure we take care of their strengths.” Chakraborty continued.

It’s a match Chakraborty will obviously be desperate to get a reaction from his men, but has admitted that he faces a tough task to lift the battered morale of his players.

“As a coach I understand that part of my job entails building character and asking how do we come back from setbacks. It’s never feels good when you lose a match, but we still have a lot of work to do.”  Chakraborty said. “Even in the dressing room we are being realistic because there are still many matches to play and many points to play for.”

Meanwhile, Chennai City coach Akbar Nawas explained that Mohun Bagan will be eager to bounce back from their loss to Churchill and this will make things more difficult for his team.

“We need to respect that the match Mohun Bagan lost against Churchill aren’t a reflection of the quality they possess as a team,” Nawas said. “In football, some days are yours and others aren’t. It wasn’t their day.”

“I believe we will give a good account of ourselves even though we know that Mohun Bagan will be eager to bounce back. It is an opportunity for us to rise to the occasion,” he added.

CFL 2018/19: Mohammedan fight for pride against Mohun Bagan

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club attempt to salvage some pride from a disappointing Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ campaign when they take on newly crowned champions Mohun Bagan on Tuesday at Saltlake Stadium, kick-off 4:30 pm.

Although Mohun Bagan may have already annexed the title with a game left to play, their clash with nemesis Mohammedan SC will not be devoid of the usual fireworks.

For a side that has won the league, there will be no need for Sankarlal Chakraborty’s men to go beyond the call of duty to win the battle on Tuesday. However there is pride to preserve for Mariners.

Their opponents are also bracing themselves for a tough time. Black Panthers technical director Raghunath Nandi and striker Philip Adjah Tetteh believe Mohun Bagan will remain dangerous even though they have nothing to gain.

“A derby is always a derby. Nobody wants to lose. They want to show that they are the champions. We want to give our fans something to cheer for and we are also playing for the club’s pride.” Nandi said.

“Even, though, they have won the league I am sure they aren’t going take their foot off the gas. When you play Mohun Bagan, there’s always a lot of pride involved and bragging rights, I think they will come all out,” he added.

Mohammedan SC’s last league match saw them go down 2-1 against Tollygunge Agragami, but it was a game Nandi thought they should have won, “It was frustrating because everyone tried their hardest. We didn’t take our chances in that game, but we can’t let that happen against Mohun Bagan.”

Ghanaian forward Adjah, who is excepted to torment Mohun Bagan’s rearguard tomorrow, says Black Panthers will give of their best to preserve their dented dignity and take the bragging rights in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.

“It still remains a big game even though it may have very little aptness. We are playing for our pride and integrity. We play for our supporters. We have to give it our best shot as we always do,” said Adjah.

Though Adjah is happy to score against Tollygunge but feels he could have done a whole lot more for the team.

“It’s always a good feeling as a striker to get your name on the score-sheet, but I wish I could have scored more for the team and helped more. Football can be a cruel game, sometimes you play your heart out but you can’t get the result. We must raise our level after our poor performance. We must be competitive without the fear of failure,” he added.

On the team news front, Mohammedan SC have no noteworthy injury problems and Nandi has a full squad at his disposal with skipper Lancine Toure returning from a one-match suspension that caused him to miss the clash against Tollygunge.

East Bengal denies Sankarlal Chakraborty rumours

KOLKATA: East Bengal have poured cold water on speculations that they are attempting to lure Mohun Bagan coach Sankarlal Chakraborty to join their backroom staff.

A recent report in Bengali daily Sangbad Pratidin suggested East Bengal CEO Sanjit Sen have initiated talks with 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ title winning coach, as their Spanish coach Alejandro Menendez wants Sankarlal in his technical team.

However, the East Bengal hierarchy vehemently denied such claims, putting to bed the rumours.

A club statement read: “Quess East Bengal FC would like to officially refute false news reports claiming the club’s wish to have Mohun Bagan FC coach Mr. Shankar Lal Chakraborty join the club. QEBFC & Quess has always been clear about the club’s adherence to ethical practices, and would like to reserve the right to take strong legal action will be taken against those who are spreading such malicious stories.”

CFL 2018/19: Mohun Bagan are the new kings of Kolkata football

KOLKATA: There was a party atmosphere at Mohun Bagan ground as Mohun Bagan clinched their first Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ in nine years after beating Calcutta Customs 2-0 in their penultimate league fixture on Wednesday.

The Mariners only needed a draw to secure the silverware but Henry Kisekka’s (4′ & 45′) first-half brace ensured the Mariners clinch their 30th league title in style in front of their boisterous fans.

Mohun Bagan are worthy champions for the class of their line-up and the firm, educated hand of their coach Sankarlal Chakraborty and the excellence of their structures. And spectacular for the special atmosphere at Mohun Bagan ground for anyone who was there.

Mohun Bagan started the game aggressively and it did not take long for the Mariners to get the breakthrough.

Henry showed his strength and class as he bull-dozed his way to score Mohun Bagan’s opener from Arjit Bagui’s right sided cross in the 4th minute.

The Marines did not rest after the goal though. There were chances that kept coming over the next ten minutes as everyone including Pintu Mahata, Aser Dipanda Dicka, Shilton D’Silva and Henry kept combining to test the Customs defense.

Meanwhile, Customs launched a few attacks of their own. Stanley Iffeyani was nearly clean through on goal, but was foiled by a brilliant interception by Mohun Bagan custodian Sankar Roy.

Mohun Bagan, on the other hand, continued to dominate the proceedings but had to wait till the 45th minute to get their second. Dipanda cut back to Henry inside the box and the Ugandan striker slotted in at the far post to give Mohun Bagan a two goal cushion going into the breather.

Bagan remained in control after the break and Henry was not far away from catching Customs goalkeeper Suvam Sen off his line in the 48th minute with a typically audacious shot from outside the box.

On the other hand, Customs struggled to get back into the game as the half continued, with little to no impact from all areas of the field.

Suvam was called into action again just after the hour mark when he kept out Azharuddin Mallick at the near post.

At the other end of the park, Sankar had a quieter evening than usual, in being well protected by a defense in which centre-back Eze Kingsley was a tower of strength.

With their fans in full voice, sensing the league title is on the way, Mohun Bagan saw out the final few minutes in style as they played keep-ball in the final moments of the game.

The victory took Mohun Bagan to 26 points from 10 games and into an unassailable position, with just their final fixture against Mohammedan Sporting Club on September 18 still to be played.

“I don’t have words to describe my emotions. All credit goes to the players. This is a great day for our fans as they have waited far too long for this title.” Sankarlal said.


CFL 2018/19: Mohun Bagan aim to secure title against Customs

KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan could wrap up the 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ title when they take on Calcutta Customs on Wednesday at Mohun Bagan ground.

The Mariners are three points away from clinching their 30th Calcutta Football League title and that will be their first in nine years if they go on to be crowned champions.

Sankarlal Chakraborty’s men are three points clear of East Bengal at the summit of league standings. They have attained 23 points in 9 league matches while East Bengal are on 20 points after an identical number of matches.

Customs, on the other hand, are on fifth position with 13 points from 7 matches and a win over Mohun Bagan would brighten their chances of making a top three finish.

As much as Mohun Bagan is getting closer to the league triumph, Chakraborty is taking a cautious approach against Customs, who are yet to be beaten in the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ this season.

Even while everyone around is tipping Mohun Bagan for the title, Chakraborty refused to be drawn into any talk of glory.

“Anyone who thinks that an easy opponent is waiting for us is making an enormous mistake. Customs are a good side and they are playing good football. It is not going to be easy,” said Chakraborty.

Although Bagan gaffer is predicting a tough contest against Customs, yet he is quietly confident of his team’s chances against the side who held East Bengal for a goalless draw earlier in the campaign.

“I haven’t laid any expectations down to the boys. You also don’t want to disturb your players with lots of details which might be counter-productive. This is a game that we are taking very seriously and we know what we need to do. The league is for us to win now and I hope we get the right result,” he added.

Should Mohun Bagan stumble against Customs, they will have to get the job done against cross-city rivals Mohammedan Sporting Club on September 18, 2018 in Mini Kolkata Derby.

(Written before East Bmegal vs Mohammedan SC game)

CFL 2018/19: Mohun Bagan underline title credentials

KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan showed just why they are firm contenders to lift the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ title after thrashing Food Corporation of India (FCI) 5-0 on Thursday at Mohun Bagan ground.

The big win was powered by a hat-trick from Aser Dipanda Dicka (45+2′, 61′ & 67′) – his second in the campaign – along with goals from Tirthankar Sarkar (73′) and  Lalchhawnkima (84′), which meant Mohun Bagan remain on the top of the log standings with 23 points from 9 games.

Mohun Bagan dominated proceedings from the very beginning and kept the ball in the rival half itself during the opening quarter. However, with the FCI defense staying deep, Mohun Bagan were finding it tough to penetrate.

On the other hand, FCI who were pressed back for the majority of the half, did well to absorb the pressure and looked dangerous on the few times they attacked.

Nonetheless, Mohun Bagan almost took the lead when Sourav Das pumped up a ball from the midfield in the 17th minute. The perfect pass found Azharuddin Mallick on the run just outside the box, but the winger’s effort went agonisingly wide.

However, Mohun Bagan kept pressing and were rewarded with the opening goal in additional time when Dipanda slotted past FCI goalkeeper Dhananjoy Adhikari from close to give his side the lead going into the breather.

At the start of the second-half, Mohun Bagan coach Sankarlal Chakraborty brought in Pintu Mahata and Tirthankar replacing Azaharuddin and Britto PM to add more fire power upfront.

It was evident from the start of the second-half that Mohun Bagan were going to collect full points as the FCI players were outclassed in all departments and Mariners duly doubled their lead in the 61st minute as Dipanda scored with a header at the far post off Arjit Bagui’s inch perfect cross in from the right.

The goal gave Mohun Bagan confidence as they pushed up in numbers and they added their their third six minute later when Dipanda’s glancing header from Pintu’s left sided cross found the perfect angle at the left hand post to beat Dhananjoy.

To compound the woes of FCI, midfielder Lakshmi Kanta Dey rashly challenged Dipanda without the ball in the 72nd minute. The red card inevitably came out, and the FCI side were three goals and one man down with 18 minutes to go.

Mohun Bagan made full use of their numerical advantage as Tirthankar increased the lead further after striking from a free-kick in the very next minute.

Thereafter, Mohun Bagan didn’t take their foot off the accelerator and continued to dominate proceedings but had to wait till the 84th minute to get their fifth when Lalchhawnkima head home from Tirthankar’s corner to make it 5-0.