NEW DELHI: After a spot of seven years, Kolkata giants Mohammedan Sporting certified for the I-League after clinching the second division qualifiers on Friday. They bested native rivals Bhawanipore FC 2-Zero in a title deciding conflict at Kalyani because of targets from Vanlalbiaa Chhangte and Gani Nigam.
The win took Md Sporting, who final performed within the I-League again in 2013-14 season, to 9 factors with one match to play, three forward of Bhawanipore – who even have one recreation remaining. However, they can’t overtake Md Sporting owing to an inferior head-to-head report.
The 129-year-old membership have been attempting to make the I-League minimize since their relegation again in 2013-14 however they’ve needed to be content material with second division participation through the years. After a barren spell fraught with quite a few controversies and behind the scenes points, the Black Panthers turned the 11th membership of this upcoming I-League season.
They can even be the lone consultant from Kolkata this season after Mohun Bagan and East Bengal’s entry into the ISL.
“We have been trying for many years but for some reason or the other, we never could make it (to the I-League). This means a lot not only for the club but also for the countless fans,” assistant coach Saheed Ramon acknowledged after the match.
Even this marketing campaign was filled with controversy after the membership sacked coach Yan Law after two video games owing to allegations of match-fixing. They even resorted to submitting a police criticism towards the previous Minerva coach. On Monday, Md Sporting will face FC Bengaluru United on the VYBK Stadium whereas Bhawanipore will tackle ARA FC in Kalyani.
2013-14 Last time MD Sporting performed within the I-League
2013-14 Durand Cup, the final main trophy the membership received