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.
Overwhelmed at receiving East Bengal`s highest honour, Bharat Gaurav, first Indian woman mountaineeer to scale Mount Everest, Bachendri Pal on Friday said the red-and-gold club`s rich history runs deeper than the highest peak in the world.
Mohammedan Sporting came back from behind and overcame a spirited challenge from Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club to emerge winners in the penalty shootout and clinch the IFA Shield for the first time since 1971.
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club will chase history to become the first Bangladesh club to win the IFA Shield when they take on Mohammedan Sporting in the summit clash at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here Saturday.
East Bengal will look to shrug off their Federation Cup disappointment when they kick off the IFA Shield campaign against South Korean club, Busan SunMoon FC, in a group I fixture at the Barasat Stadium tomorrow.
Defending champions East Bengal showed amazing resilience as they came back from behind to defeat arch-rivals Mohun Bagan in the penalty shoot-out to storm into the 117th IFA Shield final, here on Sunday.
Former champions Mohun Bagan and strong contenders Prayag United began their campaigns at the 117th IFA Shield on a confident note with emphatic 3-0 and 5-0 wins against their rivals Pune FC and Pailan Arrows in quarter-final group league matches.