Mohun Bagan was one of the eight clubs that failed to meet FIFA and AFC guidelines – as reported by AFC on 1st week of November. The AFC sent a team of experts in late October to check if the clubs were meting the criteria as per FIFA and AFC guidelines.”AFC has zeroed in on the cross-ownership issue of Bagan and East Bengal. If this matter is not resolved within the next two months, they could be scrapped from the I-League 2011-12,” I-League CEO Sunando Dhar said after a meeting between AFC delegates and AIFF officials in New Delhi on 2nd November 2010. Both clubs had Dr. Vijay Mallya as their Chairman and Director. Mr. Sidhartha V. Mallya has been appointed as an Additional Director of United Mohun Bagan Football Team Pvt. Ltd. to meet FIFA and AFC guidelines weeks before the deadline of 2 months.
A 19-member Mohun Bagan squad left for Ludhiana this morning to play the 5th I-league round against JCT – to be held on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2010. The team includes (alphabetical order): Ashim Biswas, Biswajit Saha, Dhanrajan R., Gouranga Dutta, Harpreet Singh, Ishfaq Ahmed, Jayanta Sen, Jose Barreto, Karan Atwal, Manish Maithani, Najimuddin Mollick, Rahul Kumar, Sangram Mukherjee, Satish Kumar (Jr.), Shilton Paul, Sk. Azim, Snehasish Chakraborty, Souvik Chakraborty, Subair Muritala Ali.
Chidi Edeh and Sagram Mandi were left out because of injuries.
Technical Director Subhash Bhowmick, Goalkeeper coach Hemanta Dora, Dr. Pratim Roy and Masseur Gobinda Raj accompanied the team. Mohun Bagan is having a discussion to finalise the ‘A’ License coach by 30th Deember. The probables include Sujit Chakrabarty and Subrata Bhattacharya (Jr.).