2017 I-League runners-up Mohun Bagan have no choice but to get their club ground all ready by early October if they are to host their home games there in the next I-League season.
The ultimatum comes from I-League CEO Sunandho Dhar who inspected the venue on Wednesday and made it clear that a lot of work remains to be done, if the club are to host I-League matches at the venue.
"A lot of work has been done. But even then, the ground needs a few more things for hosting I-League matches. The club officials have assured us that they will improve the infrastructure. We will send a report on the matter. Bagan will have to finish renovation work at the ground by end September or early October," Dhar said.
Dhar also went on to mention that the floodlights at the venue and security issues have to be addressed specifically. "We don't want to go into the specifics. But a few more rooms are needed, the entrance and exit points need to be improved and also the security issues. The club has assured us that the floodlights too will be improved," he said.
Following Dhar's observations, Mohun Bagan club secretary Srinjoy Bose assured that all the required work will be completed in time.
The Mariners began their Calcutta Football League (CFL) preparations on Wednesday with 31 players training under the watchful eyes of Shankarlal Chakraborty, who will coach the team with Sanjoy Sen playing the role of the mentor. However, Sen will take over the team for the I-League which is expected to start in November.
Mohun Bagan's foreign strike recruits, Ansumana Kromah and Kamo Bayi, were also present on Wednesday as the Green and Maroon brigade stepped up the efforts to break East Bengal's seven-year hegemony on the CFL title.