BY ATANU MITRA
Eric Harrison Muranda, the Kenyan striker who has recently put pen to paper a deal with Mohun Bagan, hopes to make it big in his first season in Indian football.
“I hope I can make a mark of my own,” he told Goal.
The forward has been on trial at Mohun Bagan squad along with another possible contender of the slot in Ivory Coast striker Aboubakar Kone. However, Muranda was preferred over the latter though both didn’t give a good account of themselves in Bagan’s 3-0 win in a practice match played a few days ago.
Muranda believes that the opportunity to practice with the squad over the last week willallow him to adapt to the team’s style of play when the season begins.
“I have been here in Kolkata for the last six-to-seven days. I have spent quite some time with the team and I hope that I will be able to adapt to the strategies soon.”
The 31-year old Eric has played for 13 clubs in the last 11 years. The striker also claimed that he has a vast experience of playing in this continent. “I have played in many countries. In Asia, I have mostly played in Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore. Last season, I played for Rangers FC and most recently for Nairobi City Stars in Kenya. I know the heritage of Mohun Bagan and will try to live up to the expectations,” a candid Muranda remarked.
The new recruit also revealed that he can play in a number of positions according to the requirements of the team. “I am primarily a striker, but I can also operate from left and right wing. I have played in those positions before,” he informed.
When asked if he was impressed by any of his teammates, Muranda remained coy. “A team is all about the full squad. It’s not about individual brilliance. I have seen the team together as a unit,” he sounded cautious.
However, when asked whether he has liked the playing style of Odafa Okolie, the new Green and Maroon squad member was all praises for his would-be strike partner.
“Odafa is a great striker. I have heard he has scored a huge number of goals in the last couple of seasons. I wish to develop a good partnership with him,” Muranda signed off.How do you stay up with football when on the move? With http://m.goal.com –your best source for mobile coverage of the beautiful game.