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Mohun Bagan to play in Bangladesh after two decades

  • Published at 03:37 pm October 19th, 2019
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The Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup got underway in Chittagong Saturday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Mohun Bagan, who created history by becoming the first Indian club to win Asia’s oldest football tournament - IFA Shield - in 1911, travelled to Bangladesh on many occasions

One of the oldest football clubs in the world, Mohun Bagan Athletic Club will be playing in Bangladesh after nearly two decades when they face Laos top-flight outfit Young Elephants Football Club in the second match of the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup at MA Aziz Stadium in the port city Sunday at 7pm.

Bagan, who created history by becoming the first Indian club to win Asia’s oldest football tournament - IFA Shield - in 1911, travelled to Bangladesh on many occasions.

They last visited here for the Asian Club Championship 1999-2000 when they played Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra in the away leg.

The 130-year old club now have many Spanish faces in their team who are preparing for the upcoming edition of the I-League where they became champion last time in the 2014-15 season. 

They are in the port city with their full strength squad.

Bagan’s Spanish head coach Kibu Vicuna have as many as five Spanish players in the traveling squad out of a total of six foreign recruits, including captain and midfielder Franz Gonzalez, who joined the side three months ago. 

The only foreign recruit other than the Spaniards is Trinidad and Tobago national defender Daneil Cyrus.

Laos’ third-placed club in the league, Young Elephants are going to participate in an international tournament for the first time since they were formed in 2015. 

The Elephants have the youngest squad in the meet and have no foreign recruits in the squad as their head coach V Selvaraj informed that no foreign player is eligible to play in the Lao League.

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