The decision of AIFF Players’ Status Committee of imposing transfer ban on East Bengal few days ago arrived as a big shock for the Red and Gold think-tank and it’s millions of supporters. If the decision prevails then East Bengal will not be able to sign any player from the date of enactment of the punishment untill 31st January unless a player was previously registered.
This was a big bummer to Alejandro Ménendez & Co. as they had only 5 foreigners(considering Enrique Esqueda and Borja) while veteran Katsumi Yusa was scheduled to arrive ahead of the I-League as the sixth foreigner. Although Quess management wanted to replace the Japanese and Yusa previously demanding a release, he in all probability would have become the sixth foreigner of East Bengal unless the ban arrived which has outruled Katsumi’s inclusion as he has not been registered.
Now after the announcement of the punishment, Yusa has already started looking for other options. The ‘Fukushima Bomber’ has been approached by last year’s I-League runners-up NEROCA FC. The Manipuri outfit is already having five foreigners in the squad with the sixth needing to be from the AFC Zone. They have eyed Katsumi as a possible recruitment and the Japanese also is considering a move as not much time is left for the new season to kickoff.
Katsumi Yusa was previously offered a hefty sum by a newly promoted Bangladesh Premier League Club but he preferred to stick to East Bengal. Now it remains to be seen whether Imphal becomes the new destination of the Japanese. But for that Naoba Thangjam & Co. have to meet up with the demands of the player.