Mohun Bagan scripted a superb comeback to defeat local challengers Southern Samity 2-1 and set up a summit clash against holders Churchill Brothers in the 115th IFA Shield at Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Monday.
Karim Bencherifa’s tactical genius well complimented by his players saw ten man Mohun Bagan through to the IFA Shield final to set-up a dream date against Churchill Brothers SC at the expense of a lacklustre Chirag United.
East Bengal kicked off
the new season on a disastrous note as the Kolkata giants were
knocked out of the IFA Shield as a young Tata Football Academy
shocked them 3-1 in a Group A tie at the Vidyasagar Krirangan
India coach Bob Houghton was today livid that the national team players had to fly down to Kolkata to play for their respective clubs in the IFA Shield on the next morning after defending Nehru Cup title here.
Mohun Bagan will play their group
matches on home turf, while arch-rivals East Bengal`s league
stage games will be held at Vidyasagar Krirangan in Barasat
in the 114th IFA Shield to be held from August 30 to September