The Red and Gold's Nigerian hitman hopes that he can help his team win the 302nd Kolkata Derby being played this Sunday...26th October 2009 will be a date that every East Bengal and Mohun Bagan fan will remember for different reasons. On this day, Mohun Bagan achieved an emphatic 5-3 victory over their bitter rivals at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. The tormentor-in-chief that day for East Bengal, Chidi Edeh who now plays for the Red and Gold, scored 4 goals to condemn East Bengal to a resounding defeat and thereby writing himself into the Kolkata Derby folklore. He remains the only player to date to have scored four goals in a Kolkata Derby
The 25-year old Nigerian has been a revelation for East Bengal ever since he made the switch from Salgaocar FC in 2012 by scoring 6 goals in 9 appearances in the I-League. But his eye for goal will be tested to the hilt only on Sunday when his team take on his former employers Mohun Bagan in the 302nd Kolkata Derby.
"As a striker, my job is to score goals and win matches for my team. But everybody is talking about that match and my four goals. It's huge pressure," said Chidi to The Times of India. East Bengal fans who once despised the Nigerian for his four goals in the 2009 Derby now look to him to help the Red and Gold hand Mohun Bagan their second defeat under new coach Karim Bencherifa.
|Chidi holds the record for most number of goals (4) in a Kolkata Derby|
"I still cherish that match in 2009, it's a special moment. But I can't score four goals in each derby. It happens once in a while. Whether I score or not on Sunday is irrelevant and what is more important is that the team maintains the momentum and wins," the 25-year old reiterated.
East Bengal needed a out-and-out striker after Tolgay Ozbey's controversial move to Mohun Bagan. Chidi's arrival has seen him take to coach Trevor Morgan's system like a duck to water. Chidi's Mohun Bagan counterpart Odafa Okolie has been pulling his team over the finish line single-handedly in the last three matches for the Mariners. East Bengal's Nigerian playmaker Penn Orji is well aware of the threat posed by his countryman.
"If Odafa gets in the right place, he will shoot and score. So, it's imperative that we should not allow him enough space to move (near the box). Chidi is also in good form but we have grown up as a team and that holds the key to our campaign," stressed Penn.
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