Karim Bencherifa had specified a few weeks ago that his team and the management will be taking active steps to address and assess players who were suitable to fill in the “fourth foreigner” quota.
What was compounding the unease for the fans and coach was the success of rivals East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting Club in rounding of the foreign personnel with relative ease. It seems the wait may finally be coming to a close.
Aboubakar Kone, of Ivory Coast and Eric Muranda of Kenya have arrived in the City of Joy for their trials at the Club, according to The Times of India.
While 30 year-old Kone used to ply his trade with Tala’ea El-Gaish SC in the Egyptian Premier League, Eric has been somewhat of a football nomad playing for clubs in countries such as Oman, Maldives, Singapore, Malyasia and Vietnam, with his last stint coming at FICO Tay Ninh FC of Vietnam.
Kone, according to revelations, is a big Didier Drogba fan who skills include a sharpness on the field and a keen eye for goal. He has scored 62 goals in 78 matches for his former suitors. He however has no idea on Indian football or any of its developments adding that he will try to learn quickly.
Muranda inversely, has picked up knowledge on the club and the league from compatriot and ex-East Bengal player Boniface Ngairah Ambani.
Both the candidates will need to prove their credentials if they are going to nab a contract with the club. It is expected that Karim Bencherifa will hold a self-supervised training session at the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata, where both these players will participate.
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