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The most successful India coach in the last decade is excited and can’t wait to start his stint with East Bengal…

Armando Colaco was appointed as the new coach of East Bengal following the resignation of Marcos Falopa. The former India was delighted to have been chosen for the role and wants to help the club win the I-League title this season and become the first from Kolkata to do so.

“I am very happy to become the East Bengal coach. It was my desire to become the coach of East Bengal, especially after so many years of coaching in Goa. East Bengal is one of the biggest names in Indian football and I will try my level best to win the I-League for my new club,” he told Goal.

“Indian coaches are not appreciated here and I am glad that East Bengal have backed an Indian coach (me) for the job,” he added.

East Bengal haven’t had the easiest ride in the league this season despite having arguably what is the strongest squad on paper. From their five matches, they had only managed to win two and draw one.

“What they (the players) need is motivation and a few players are not in the best form. The main problem is winning the second ball – something which Penn Orji used to do for them. That hole behind the strikers is what I need to work on,” he explained.

“There must be a triangle at the back – Mehtab Hossain, Uga Okpara and Arnab Mondal. The full backs must support the midfield and move up.  We want the players to fall back and defend as well as the strikers (Chidi Edeh and James Moga) there don’t come back.”

Among the players who have impressed him this season is Baljit Sahni who scored a gem of a goal against Dempo SC in their 2-1 defeat.

“I would love to play Baljit Sahni as he changes the game after coming on in the last 20-25 minutes. As far as (Ryuji) Sueoka is concerned, I need to see the extent of his recovery from an ankle injury.”

Colaco’s first game in-charge of the club would be against arch rivals Mohun Bagan and the Goan coach isn’t buoyed with the challenge it poses.

“No problem, we will do well. Mohun Bagan are also not that excellent this season. Denson Devdas is the main player for them. If Odafa (Okolie) plays, we will have to mark him well.

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