I-League: Mohun Bagan's Ansumana Kromah faces visa issues, set to miss crucial pre-season games against FC Pune City
What's the Story
Mohun Bagan’s midfield marshall, Ansumana Kromah has a task at hand even before the start of the I-League season. The Liberian footballer will miss the club’s practice games against ISL outfits, FC Goa and FC Pune City due to complications regarding his visa and passport.
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Kromah, who played for Churchill Brothers last season, and scored eight goals in I-League, has to get the problem sorted from Goa itself. In case a solution isn’t found, Kromah has to go back to his country to resolve the issue.
The Heart of the Matter
The Green and Maroon Brigade, comprising 22 footballers, have already left for Pune without Kromah. They will play against FC Pune City on November 6 and then travel to Goa to face the ISL franchise from that region on November 9. Although Kromah’s presence will be missed, Mohun Bagan authorities are confident that the problem will be sorted before the start of I-League.
Bagan coach, Sanjoy Sen was more concerned about getting his team ready by making maximum use of these practice games.
“The ISL sides have been practicing for a fairly long time, so I am not thinking about the match result. The aim is to regroup my team,” Sen was quoted as saying in local newspaper Ebela.
Kromah will be on his way to Goa to solve the visa and passport issues at the earliest because he would also like to get some match practice as soon as possible. The Liberian will be linking up with Haitian playmaker, Sony Norde, so the coach will also be looking forward to try them out on the pitch, before the I-League season kicks off.
These kind of passport and visa issues generally get sorted without much ado, so the Mariners need not worry about missing Kromah in the initial I-League encounters. At the most he might miss the two immediate practice games, but will surely be back in time to strengthen Sen’s line-up.