East Bengal left red-faced at Johnny Acosta unveiling!

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The absence of a translator at the press conference for the Costa Rican 2018 World Cupper forced the Kolkata club to reschedule...

East Bengal were left embarrassed in the high-profile press conference arranged by the Kolkata club to unveil their latest recruit, Costa Rica defender Johhny Acosta, fresh off the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The 35-year-old was to be unveiled at the club's media centre at 5.30 PM on Wednesday. The room was choc-a-bloc with media persons, all wanting a piece of the defender who rubbed shoulders against the likes of Neymar and Coutinho hardly a couple of months ago in Russia.

The Spanish-speaking Acosta was surprisingly not accompanied by a translator as the club officials had resolved to the use of 'Google Translate' application to interact with the media! Funnily enough, the media centre had poor mobile reception, rendering no internet support to make use of said application.

Alvito D'Cunha, the club's brand ambassador and the technical manager was summoned to help out as he had a fair knowledge of Portuguese being a Goan. Unfortunately, even he was not able to help given the obvious differences between the Iberian languages, leaving newly-appointed CEO Sanjit Sen, sat beside Acosta, red-faced.

Acosta, the club officials and the media contingent were then forced to shift to a room inside the club office where there was a WiFi connection. However, most questions hurled towards the centre-back were in Bengali, the vernacular medium. Confusion prevailed as the questions needed translations and the mobile application could only do so much.

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As the process got strenuous, the media personnel and the club officials unanimously decided to call off the press conference and reschedule it on Thursday at 5.30 PM. In that commotion, however, Acosta still managed to answer a couple of questions.

"I came to India because East Bengal are a great club with (nearly) 100 years of experience. I spoke to Alvito and that's why I decided to come to India," he stated.

When asked if he had any prior knowledge of Indian football, the 71-time capped Costa Rica international replied, "I know Alexandre Guimaraes was in Mumbai City. Carlos Hernandez was at Prayag United. I heard he had a good experience in Bengal. Yendrick Ruiz was in FC Pune City in 2015."

Acosta has already had a feel of things when he was present in the sidelines during East Bengal's first game of the Calcutta Football League (CFL) on Monday. " It was an attractive match. The fans impressed me the most," he added.

It was also revealed that Acosta would don jersey number 2, the same number that he wore for the national side in the recently concluded World Cup.