Subhash Bhowmick, the Technical Director for Mohun Bagan besides being the illustrious legend at all levels of Indian football, from player to coach, that he is, has made winning the Calcutta Football League (CFL) a priority of the Mariners, who haven't added silverware to their cabinet for what seems like eternity.
“It is very important for me and the team and we want to win it. I cannot look beyond the CFL now. That is our primary target now," revealed a concentrated Bhowmick, who adressed the press at the Calcutta Journalists Club.
Bhowmick also spoke at length on how his team are faring this preseason, sating, “I always look for a good and long pre-season and I have done the same here. The boys are working extremely hard.
"My philosophy is pass, pass and pass. The players are trying hard. I am not saying everything is already in order as there are some defensive lapses and organizational problems to be taken care of. We are trying to rectify it," he added, on his mantra for good football.
The former rival East Bengal manager explained that he expected the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) to have a significant impact on Indian football, albeit for the better and wasn't perturbed by his team's players participating at the tourney.
"The team has been built keeping that (ISL) in mind. And moreover, other teams will also face the same problem," clarified Bhowmick.
“Colaco may want that because in Goa the I-League and top teams play practice matches against each other. However, the fan bases of Bagan and East Bengal are huge. So, I wonder whether it’s practically feasible,” shot Bhowmick, when quizzed on what he thought of Armando Colaco's suggestion of having pre-season friendlies between Bagan and East Bengal.
One must remember that a dark cloud still hangs over Bhowmick's tenure as Bagan coach, as he does not have the requisite Asian Football Confederations (AFC) A-License certification to carry on as manager, as required by new AIFF axioms in the Club Licensing Criteria, as Goal had revealed earlier.
The veteran has now instructed his club to follow all instructions as stipulated by the AIFF with respect to his managerial tenure, whilst also applyin for a 'Certificate of Recognition' from the AFC, to help carry out his duties.
Staying with Bagan, Cameroonian Pierre Boya, the latest foreign marquee recruit has had his registration with the Indian Football Association (IFA) delayed by the club until Friday, on account of him being subjected to the right medical and physical tests. His medical results will come on Saturday, whilst the physical exam will be conducted soon.