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I-League 2017-18: East Bengal release Armand Bazie, open talks with Boris Kadio

12:32 PM EST 2/1/18
Armand Bazie
The Red and Golds have been undone by their shoddy recruitment this season...

Kolkata giants East Bengal have decided to release midfielder Armand Bazie ahead of the home stretch as they try to launch a final search for the elusive I-League title.

Bazie, who made his first foray into mainstream Indian football during his stint with Calcutta Football League (CFL) minnows Rainbow FC this season, was hurriedly signed by Khalid Jamil as the club's search for a defensive midfielder seemed to have hit a roadblock. 

Bazie never really impressed and many would argue that he is the worst foreign midfielder to have ever played for the club, but it was the club's archaic recruitment policy which became the biggest takeaway.

East Bengal are looking for replacements and that would mean them using ten overseas players this season - with Willis Plaza, Deon Mitchell and Charles D'Souza been released earlier. 

The club has now opened talks with former Kerala Blasters midfielder Boris Kadio, Goal has learnt, even though a source in the know of developments stressed that a few other options are also being looked into. 

Kadio, who plays for famous Armenian side Pyunik FC, has an impressive résumé and has started eight of the 15 matches in the top division competition so far. 

East Bengal will face Indian Arrows next Sunday and it remains to be seen whether Mahmoud Al Amna gets fit before the tie as Khalid Jamil struggles to fill the hole in the midfield.