Kolkata outfit Md Sporting secure Hero I-League berth after 7 years gap

Kalyani: Mohammedan Sporting have secured their Hero I-League berth for seasons 2020-21 after they outplayed another city rivals Bhawanipore FC 2-0 for Qualifiers play here on Friday.
The historical city club will be the only outfit to represent Kolkata in the I-League after Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have been elevated to India’s top tier football tournament Indian
Super League (ISL).
Goals from Vanlalbiaa Chhangte and Gani Nigam in successive half earned the black and white brigade and virtually the IL berth after a gap of seven years despite a one round of fixtures still to play.
The clear-cut 2-0 win at Kalyani Stadium in Nadia district earned Mohammedan Sporting, who last played in the Hero I-League in the 2013-14 season, to 9 points with one match to play, three ahead of Bhawanipore — who also have one game remaining on the final day.
However, they cannot overtake Mohammedan owing to an inferior head-to-head record after the result.
Mohammedan’s assistant coach Saheed Ramon stated, “It’s a great feeling for all of us to qualify for the Hero I-League. It means a lot to us. Qualifying this time is a very good thing for the club and our supporters.”
Talking about the game, he said, “We had studied Bhawanipore’s game and knew that they are strong on the counter-attack. We put out our strategy according to that and it worked well.”
Bhawanipore FC head coach Sankarlal Chakraborty said, “The defeat is disappointing, of course. We knew that Mohammedan are a strong team and they played well. We had our fair share of chances and if we could convert them, the result would have been different. Now, our focus on
the next match against ARA FC on October 19.”
On the last matchday on Monday (October 19, 2020), Mohammedan Sporting will face FC Bengaluru United at the VYBK Stadium while Bhawanipore will take on ARA FC in Kalyani.