The Kolkata giants have had a disappointing I-League campaign this season and are currently at the sixth position with 26 points from 19 games, with just a single fixture left. The 1-3 loss to the Indian Arrows in the last fixture at the Salt Lake Stadium was additional humiliation for the century-old club.
Egyptian footballer Omar El Hussieny was signed in by the ‘green and maroon’ brigade just prior to the start of the season to strengthen the midfield. He was fairly successful in the initial stages of the competition but failed to impress in the latter stages. Although he scored once and provided assists a few times, he was not that effective for the former I-League winners.
On the other hand, Henry Kisekka started playing for Mohun Bagan when they played in the Calcutta Football League where he guided the team to the championship for the first time in more than seven years. But his form dipped as the I-League approached. Even though he scored for Mohun Bagan in crucial matches, it was not enough to retain his place for next season. The Ugandan scored five times and provided five assists in the I-League, which was not enough to help Mohun Bagan’s cause this season.
Mohun Bagan may be out of the contention for the I-League title, but they will be eager to clinch three points against Shillong Lajong FC in preparation for the Super Cup which kicks off later this month. Coach Khalid Jamil will have an uphill task in the upcoming event, especially with Indian Super League clubs participating in it. Mohun Bagan crashed out of the semi-finals of the Hero Cup in the last edition.