Chief Coach Karim Bencharifa met the Press here at New Delhi today. Captain Bhaichung Bhutia was with him. When asked about the opponent, Karim mentioned that Mahindra United is a very good side. There are very good players and he along with the team members respects the opponent. Karim also mentioned that the team was pretty upset after the 1-1 draw against JCT. He felt the team should be do their best and secure 3 points against Mahindra rather than waiting for Churchill – Mohammedan Sporting outcome! Regarding the reserve bench – he said he will not repent for what he has got and he feels team Mohun Bagan will play much better in the return leg of AFC.
Captain Bhaichung Bhutia was also in a light mood. When asked about the prospect of winning the i-League, Bhaichung wished that team Mohun Bagan will secure 3 vital points and hope Churchill will miss 2 or 3 points!!!
When asked about the best match in the season, he mentioned that after Bagan was at the bottom of the table with 7 points from 5 matches, team Mohun Bagan had a dream run to secure 30 points from 10 matches- and that was the best performance in the season.
Team Mohun Bagan practiced in the Ambedkar Stadium from 3 pm for an hour. The probable team is Sangram, Deepak, Vasan, Odafe, Habibur, Ishfaq, Rahul, James, Mama, Barreto, Bhaichung.
Mohun Bagan club celebrated the traditional Bar Pujo yesterday on Bengali New Year’s Day. The entire club lawn was well decorated with flowers. The air was filled with soft shehanai music and atmosphere was festive yet cultured. The Bar Pujo took place at both ends of the football field amidst chanting of the holy mantra and putting of vermilion on the bar posts with the officials and fans were treated to refreshments.
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