Mohammedan Sporting makes U-turn, decides to play

Just days after shocking the football fraternity by declaring they were shutting down for the season due to acute funds crunch, the city's 123-year-old club Mohammedan Sporting on Friday announced that they would play in all tournaments and resume practice on Saturday.

Mohammedan Sporting makes U-turn, decides to play

Kolkata: Just days after shocking the football fraternity by declaring they were shutting down for the season due to acute funds crunch, the city's 123-year-old club Mohammedan Sporting on Friday announced that they would play in all tournaments and resume practice on Saturday.

"After the wide media coverage (of our shutdown), we've started getting sponsors now. Talks are on and things have started looking bright," Mohammedan Sporting president Sultan Ahmed, told PTI.

The Durand Cup reigning champions would compete in the tournament with the quarterfinal league beginning in Goa on October 28, said Ahmed, an MP.

"We'll play in all tournaments and will go to Goa to defend our title in the Durand Cup. We'll also take part in the second division I-League, the Kalinga Cup and the IFA Shield," he said.

He condemned reports by a section of the media suggesting that the heritage club was being disbanded.
"Nothing of such happened and it appeared in a bad taste. Things were not good so we had decided not to compete in the upcoming season. But now we have many sponsors coming in," Ahmed said.

He further said the club would resume their practice at the East Bengal ground tomorrow as their own club ground was not properly maintained with overgrown grass and bushes.

"We hope to get our ground ready by February and also start fulfilling the club licensing criteria," Ahmed said.

The club, meanwhile, made Jameel Manzar the working president on health grounds, while cricket secretary Moin Bin Maksud was given the extra responsibility of the club's general secretary at its executive committee meeting on Friday. 

 

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