Mohun Bagan greeted to a grand reception by the supporters

The newly crowned I-League champions were treated to some fine welcome by their supporters in the streets of Kolkata...

Mohun Bagan ended their 13-year long wait to lift the I-League title as they overcame the stern challenge of last season's winners Bengaluru FC in a 1-1 draw at the Kanteerva stadium. A late equaliser by Bello Rasaq made sure Sanjoy Sen's men were crowned champions of India for the first time since their National Football League win back in 2002.

The 126 year old 'National club of India' became the first side from Kolkata to lift the I-League crown and on their return to the 'City of Joy', the fans reminded them how much this triumph meant to them. Fans in their green-maroon jersey crowded the streets of Kolkata to welcome the champions. The chants of 'Bharat Sera Mohun Bagan' were being shouted out by the overjoyed supporters.

"Getting ready for the party at home," a delighted Shilton Paul said during the post match celebrations in Kolkata where the squad celebrated their historic triumph. Many fans even painted their face green to celebrate the occasion as sweets were distributed and the noise of fire crackers could be heard from far off.

The Mohun Bagan bus was surrounded by the supporters in Bikes and Autos all donning the famous jersey of the club. The entire Bagan squad along with the staff was then felicitated at the club tent.

 "I am speechless, I am overwhelmed... The team is coming to the city tomorrow and the entire team along with players who could not go would come to the club in the team bus straight from the airport. All the members and supporters will be present at the club to welcome the heroes," the club's general secretary said.

"The win has injected much needed life into the Bengal football," former footballer Chuni Goswami added.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Bannerjee took to Twitter to congratulate the champions. "After 11 years the Football I-League trophy comes back to #Bengal. Congratulations Mohun Bagan."

We have waited  for 13 long years & now the wait is over. I think this incident should give you a more clear idea about what this trophy means to Mohun Bagan. We gathered in large numbers at the airport , Baguihati {where the team was felicitated} & at mohun bagan club ground. The crowd was so strong in these places  that the local police had to intervene and divert the traffic to keep things under control." said Arijit Dey, a fan who followed the team from the airport to the tent.

The I-League win marked the end to their seven year trophy drought which traces back to 2008 when they won the Federation Cup under Karim Bencherifa.

"I am extremely happy that an Indian coach - Sanjay Sen - steered Mohun Bagan to the summit. Undermining the success of the Indian coaches has become a kind of a fashion these days. I sincerely hope that more Indian coaches would be employed by I-League teams in the near future," former Bagan manager PK Bannerjee said.