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Mohammedan SC Part Ways With Coach Subrata Bhattacharya

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club have confirmed that they have parted ways with head coach Subrata Bhattacharya with immediate effect.

After a period of indifferent results and lackluster performances, the Kolkata giants mutually agreed to an amicable termination of Bhattacharya’s contract at the club.

Bhattacharya arrived at Mohammedan Sporting in June and only spent two months at the club after he replaced Raghunath Nandy at the helm of Black Panthers. The club has also terminated the contract of assistant coach Nirmal Das.

The Black Panthers have struggled to find consistency since Bhattacharya’s arrival, and after delivering another thoroughly underwhelming performance against Southern Samity , the Mohammedan Sporting hierarchy has decided to act.

“Considering the fact that Subrata Bhattacharya has added a lot of value in the club but unfortunately the results were not forthcoming, hence we had to release him from his contract.

Assistant coach Nirmal Das’ contract has also been terminated. We would like to express our gratitude to both for all the efforts during their time at Mohammedan Sporting Club and wish them well,” Mohammedan Sporting Hony. General Secretary Mohammad Qamaruddin told mohammedansportingindia.com.

Bhattacharya will be replaced by Mohammedan Sporting’s Under-19 coach Saheed Sunkanmi Ramon. The Nigerian has previously assisted Biswajit Bhattacharya when he was at helm of Mohammedan Sporting during 2017/18 season.

The Black Panthers have also roped in former India international Dipendu Biswas as the technical director.

Mohammedan Sporting Club Pays Tribute To Iranian Icon

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club paid tribute to their most successful foreign recruit in the history, Majid Bishkar at a ceremony held at the Club premises on Tuesday morning.

The Iranian Icon is widely regarded as the best foreign player to ever step foot in Kolkata maidan, played for Mohammedan Sporting from 1982 to 1987, and helped the Club to win over 16 trophies which includes Federation Cup (2), Rovers Cup (2), Bordoloi Trophy (2), Independence Day Cup, Sait Nagjee Cup, Nizam Cup, Airlines Gold Cup, Peerless Cup and Sanjay Gandhi Gold Cup.

Felicitating Bishkar, Mohammedan Sporting Hony. General Secretary Jb. Mohammed Qamaruddin said, “We are really honoured to have Majid Bishkar among us. I have no words to express the contributions which he has made towards the club, to which we are most grateful.”

Bishkar also sounded overwhelmed by Mohammedan Sporting’s gesture and said it was indeed a touching moment to see Subrata Bhattacharya, once his most fierce nemesis, waiting for him.

The two legends enthralled the journalists with interesting anecdotes as hordes of photographers captured the rare moment of these two being together.

Bhattacharya walked down memory lane to live their intense rivalry on the field and said Bishkar will forever be regarded as the greatest foreign player in Kolkata football.

Black Panthers Invited For 2019 Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club have been invited to participate in the 2019 Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup in Chittagong, Bangladesh alongside city rivals East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.

Bangladesh Premier League side Chittagong Abahani Limited organizes the tournament in every two years in the memory of Bangabandhu Mujibur Rahman’s eldest son Sheikh Kamal, founder of the club, with support from the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).

The Chairman of Chittagong Abahani and Chief Coordinator of the tournament organizing committee Jb. Tarafdar Mohammed Ruhul Amin visited the Mohammedan Sporting tent on Friday evening to hold a meeting with Mohammedan Sporting General Secretary Jb. Mohammed Qamaruddin, where Jb. Qamaruddin have shown an interest in participating.

The 2019 edition of the competition is likely to be held from October 20 to November 2, 2019 in Chittagong’s M.A. Aziz Stadium, where eight clubs from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Thailand will feature.

The tournament first held in 2015 where hosts Chittagong Abahani beat East Bengal in the final to emerge champions. Maldives Premier League side TC Sports Club is the current holders after they won it in 2017 beating South Korean club Pocheon Citizen FC in the final.

Mohammedan Sporting also featured in the inaugural edition of the competition. However, they had a rather forgettable campaign as they knocked out from the group stage without winning a match.

Subrata Bhattacharya Names Mohammedan Sporting Squad For Durand Cup

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club coach Subrata Bhattacharya has announced his squad to compete in the 129th Durand Cup, commencing from 2 August 2019.

The Durand Cup, world’s third oldest football tournament, takes place in Kolkata for the first time from 2 August to 24 August. Mohammedan Sporting Club have been drawn in Group B where they will face Indian Navy, ATK and Mohun Bagan.

The two-time winners will open their tournament against Mohun Bagan on 2 August in Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, followed by Indian Navy at Mohun Bagan Ground on 10 August. The Black Panthers will return to Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan for their last round-robin match against ATK on 16 August.

THE LIST OF 22-PLAYERS STAYS AS FOLLOWS

GOALKEEPERS: Moniruzzaman Ansari, Subham Roy, Subhranil Bose.

DEFENDERS: Asif Ali Molla, Kamran Farooque, Kareem Omolaja Nurain, Sujit Sadhu, Balwinder Singh, Hira Mondal.

MIDFIELDERS: Tirthankar Sarkar, Satyam Sharma, Musa Mudde, Safiul Rahman, Indrajit Das, Firoj Ali, Vanlalbiaa Chhangte, Sovan Sen, Prosenjit Chakraborty.

FORWARDS: Samsad Ali, Mohammad Amirul, Amir Hossain, Desmos Arthur Kouassi.

Head Coach: Subrata Bhattacharya

Antoni Soren feels Black Panthers can advance beyond Durand group phase

KOLKATA: Former Mohammedan Sporting Club midfielder Antoni Soren believes that Black Panthers can progress beyond the group phase at the upcoming 2019 Durand Cup.

Soren — who is best remembered for his memorable performance in the 2013 Durand Cup, as he scored in the final and semifinals, playing a star role in leading Mohammedan Sporting to their first Durand Cup title after 73-years — feels current squad under Subrata Bhattacharya has the potential to advance beyond group stage.

“I am optimistic because Mohammedan Sporting always do well in cup competitions. They also have recorded positive results against teams like East Bengal and Mohun Bagan in recent years,” he indicated.

“Going into the 2013 Durand Cup nobody gave us a chance. We were a inexperience squad. Although there were players like Dipendu Biswas, Ashim Biswas, Tolgay Ozbey, Penn Orji and Luciano Sabrosa, most of the players were playing their first Durand Cup. This year Mohammedan Sporting have similar kind of squad dominated by youth with an exceptional leader like Subrata Bhattacharya, like the one we had in Moshood Bola Abdul Aziz. So I am hopeful for a good result.”

“Mohammedan Sporting should start Duand Cup with an intention to win the tournament. They have what it takes to win it in my view. They just have to come up with a good plan which they can break down into smaller objectives from the group stage to the knockout round. Players should be psychologically and mentally fit going into this tournament. That is very important if they want to advance to the knockout stages,” he explained.

Mohammedan Sporting were pooled alongside Mohun Bagan, Indian Navy and ATK in Group B which is widely considered to be the group of death as it features three Kolkata clubs, who will be playing in their home environment.

“It is a very interesting group with strong teams. Mohun Bagan is the most balanced side in the group, but we must not forget it will be season opener for them as well, and they will have to deal with nearly the same amount of pressure as Mohammedan Sporting do. I don’t know weather ATK will field their first-team or not, but one thing I can surely say that they will pose some serious treat to other teams.”

“There is also Navy and we should not forget about them. They cannot be underestimated. They should be respected as they are a good team,” he warned.

“So, I foresee Mohammedan Sporting reaching the knockout stage, but it won’t be easy because they are in a tough group,” he concluded.

I’m Not Someone Who Looks For An Easy Ride, Says Musa Mudde

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club’s Ugandan midfielder Musa Mudde has arrived in Kolkata to play the upcoming 2019/20 Calcutta Premier Division – A on Tuesday morning.

Known for his dogged displays in the middle of the park, Musa began his career in his native with Simba FC before turning out for the likes of Sofapaka FC (Kenya), Simba SC (Tanzania), AFC Leopards (Kenya) and Bandari FC (Kenya).

Musa last played for Gokulam Kerala FC where he joined ahead of their maiden I-League campaign in 2017, and captained the side in 2018/19 I-League.

“The club’s history fascinates me. I also wanted a new experience, in a new city. It will be an interesting experience for me.  I’m not someone who looks for an easy ride,” Musa told mohammedansportingindia.com.

“Mohammedan have a great dream and I want to make it a reality. The club’s dream is to win the Calcutta Football League and I hope to help them achieve this. I can’t say exactly what Mohammedan require to win the CFL. That’s something I’ll begin to work out from now onwards. We need to believe we can win the CFL if we are to do it. We will give it our best shot,” he added.

Mohammedan U-15s and Sunrise FC Friendly Ended In Stalemate

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sorting Club U-15s and Sunrise FC, Kolkata played out a 1-1 draw in a friendly match played at the Mohammedan Sporting Ground on Sunday.

Rakib Hossain put Sunrise FC ahead in the 22nd minute only for Mohammad Sajid to equalize for the Young Panthers in the 85th minute.