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I-League 2018/19: Confusion prevails as Minerva Punjab and East Bengal provide conflicting reports regarding transfers

East Bengal and Minerva Punjab in action during the 2017-18 I-League
Vrinda Chopra
Modified 25 Apr 2018, 15:38 IST

What’s the story?

It was only yesterday that East Bengal FC unveiled six of their new signings. Four of those new faces came in from Minerva Punjab – Kassim Aidara, Rakshit Dagar, Sukhdev Singh, and Deepak Devrani. However, via their Twitter page, Minerva Punjab have stated that Sukhdev and Deepak have not signed any deals with the Kolkata giants.

In case you didn’t know…

East Bengal have been super active in the transfer activity over the last few days, following the announcement of six new signings. Former Minerva Punjab recruits, Kassim Aidara, Rakshit Dagar, Sukhdev Singh, Deepak Devrani, along with Sanchayan Samaddar, and youngster Ginkaholen Haokip were the six players EB had revealed in the form of new signings recently.

Heart of the matter

East Bengal declared their new signings for the upcoming I-League season this week before Minerva Punjab took to their Twitter to create confusion. While reports stated the signings of the players had successfully been completed by East Bengal, the club from Punjab via their Twitter claimed that two out of the four Minerva players – Sukhdev Singh and Deepak Devrani – have not signed with the Red and Golds.


This is the tweet that has swirled up a spiral of confusion amid fans and the media, as nobody is sure of whether the signings have been made as yet or not.

What's next?

A statement of clarification clarity and further details regarding the matter is yet to be released from either of the parties involved.


Author's take

The clutter must be cleared up from both, East Bengal and Minerva Punjab’s ends. These sort of confusions may make for good gossip, but must be avoided in order to maintain a healthy environment of football in the country. It is an unnecessary source of agitation that will linger in the news amid the fans for a while – when all it seems to be is a simple case of miscommunication.

Published 25 Apr 2018, 01:44 IST
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