Stranded for greater than a month as a consequence of nationwide lockdown, the overseas gamers of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, together with their coaches, on Tuesday left for his or her houses following an arduous 29-hour bus experience from. The 13-member group, comprising principally of Spaniards, made a quiet exit from India within the wee hours of Tuesday by a specially-arranged Dutch Airways flight from New Delhi. They’ll journey to their respective houses from Amsterdam.
Kibu Vicuna, who guided Mohun Bagan to I-League title, mentioned he would like to return quickly to rejoice the success with football-crazy Kolkata followers. Vicuna-coached Mohun Bagan received their second I-League title with 4 rounds left earlier than the I-League got here to an finish due to coronavirus-forced lockdown.
“When normalcy returns, I’d love to come back again and rejoice with all of the gamers, followers, membership officers and members,” the Spaniard was quoted as saying by the official web site of All India Soccer Federation simply earlier than departure.
“None of us ever actually bought the chance to say our goodbyes correctly. It was all around the cellphone. I’m an individual who likes to do this type of factor face-to-face,” he added with a tinge of remorse. The 48-year-old bought the success in his very first season in India however satirically he needed to depart the membership which was acquired by Indian Tremendous League profitable ATK, a staff coached by Antonio Lopez Habas.
“It has been a implausible 12 months for me — each personally and professionally. I really feel I now really feel full as a coach. After we received that final match in opposition to Aizawl, we had been so blissful. All of us celebrated with the followers,” mentioned Vicuna who will coach ISL facet Kerala Blasters this coming season.
There was the return-leg derby left however the COVID-19 pandemic by then had stalled all of the sporting actions, together with I-League. “The Derby was nonetheless in the back of our minds, however we might by no means have thought that that might have been our final match,” the Spaniard mentioned.
“I want to thank all of the followers of Mohun Bagan. We bought a lot love all through the season, it’s completely unbelievable. I really feel like I’m leaving a chunk of my coronary heart again in Kolkata.”