I-League 2017/18: Khogen Singh mocks East Bengal, refers them as "back runners"
Minerva Punjab FC’s coach mocked East Bengal by terming them as “back runners” who were busy following the front-runner (Minerva Punjab FC). During the mid-season, it was rumoured by various sources that Minerva Punjab FC players were approached by match-fixers.
Khogen was overjoyed with his team's achievement and when he was asked on how he reacted with the incidents and also the other mind games, he clearly stated that his team is the leader in the race and that the others have fallen behind. So, much attention should not have been given to others.
Regarding the matter, he said, “When you are a good runner, the back runners come behind you. Many will talk behind your back, but you should not listen to them. Otherwise, we will shift from our focus.”
Minerva Punjab FC has played phenomenally well throughout the I-League and has edged past Churchill Brothers FC in the last match of the season to win the title in only their second season in the top flight. Opoku’s goal in the first half was enough to seal the deal for the Punjab based team. Minerva finished with 35 points at the top having won 11 matches and drawn 2 fixtures.
The Khogen Singh managed side was far ahead of other title contenders, but losing some points in the latter part of the season opened up the league. In fact, all the top four teams had a chance to win the league on the final match day but Minerva Punjab FC had the last laugh.
The Ranjit Bajaj owned side will now play the Indian Super Cup which will be an even bigger challenge for them. By finishing as the champions of the league, Minerva Punjab FC will get a chance to play in the qualifying rounds of the prestigious AFC Champions League next season. So, Khogen Singh has a lot of work to do in order to maintain the champions luck.