The upcoming Kolkata derby which will be hosted by Mohun Bagan is a battle of survival for both teams. If East Bengal wins, they will be closer towards dominant Chennai City FC & if Mohun Bagan wins, the last hope of winning I-League will be alive.
Kolkata Derby has always given the limelight to the upcoming stars. Players like Shyam Thapa, Md Akbar, Majid Bishkar, Dipendu Biswas, Falguni Datta, Syed Rahim Nabi, Bhaichung Bhutia, Jose Ramireiz Barreto have turned into superstars after scoring in derby game. East Bengal sealed the previous encounter by defeating their arch rival.
The Mizo sniper has become heart-throb of East Bengal fans for his performances especially in crucial games. Discovered by Khalid Jamil in Aizawl FC, played an instrumental part in Aizawl FC’s fairytale of I league victory. Ralte was one of those players who came along with Khalid Jamil in East Bengal last year. Ralte has already scored 4 goals against Mohun Bagan afterwards. East Bengal fans will be looking same kind of blazing performance which he had shown in previous encounters.
2. Sony Norde
Mohun Bagan’s fate has been decided by him in most of the times by Sony Norde after his arrival. Sony Norde is unbeaten against East Bengal. Whenever he has donned the jersey, Mariners has won on maximum occasion against East Bengal.
Mohun Bagan fans will be looking to find that glorious performance of Sony Norde which he had shown in Siliguri in prestigious Federation Cup against the arch rival. After Khalid Jamil’s arrival, Norde has been given the free role, to roam in the field independently for building attacks. It will be a difficult task for Alejandro Menendez to nullify Norde in upcoming derby. 3. Jobby Justin
The Keralian striker has discovered himself in a better way under Spanish gaffer Alejandro Menendez. Jobby has shown his valour through out the league by scoring 7 goals & 3 assists so far. He is currently the top scoring Indian player in ongoing I league & will be looking to do better against Mariners. Jobby scored a world class volley goal in the previous derby.
4.Azharuddin Mallick :
The promising lad of Mohun Bagan has impressed a lot after his arrival. The United Sports club academy graduate has shown his blazing goal scoring form whenever he has faced Mohun Bagan. In the previous derby, he scored too. Azhar was used in Shankarlal era, not sure whether he’ll play the derby or not. But if he plays he will be a trump card for Mohun Bagan for sure.
5.Dipanda Dicka :
The Cameroonian goal machine was introduced in the arena of Indian football by DSK Shivajians. But he discovered himself in Shillong Lajong FC by bagging the award of top scorer. Dipanda Dicka played one of the best games last year when he scored a brace against arch rival in YBK. This year his form has dipped a bit, still he scored an incredible goal against East Bengal in previous tie. Khalid Jamil may use Dipanda Dicka ahead of Henry Kisseka in the upcoming derby.