A registration ban was imposed on the club in the first week of January.
East Bengal have paid Omid Singh his dues, Khel Now can confirm. A source tracking the development informed Khel Now, “East Bengal FC have paid off Omid. They are scrambling to get the ban lifted before tomorrow (FC Goa game).”
This is a huge source of relief for the East Bengal fans. The deadline to register their new foreigner Jake Jervis is 7:30 PM IST on 25th January. If they can get the ban lifted and register Jervis, then the new forward might play against FC Goa, since he has travelled with the squad.
The Omid Singh issue
East Bengal had seen some discrepancies before sailing foot in the Indian Super League back in 2020. They had sent Omid Singh a contract and were looking to sign him. However, even after the player penning his signature on the contract, the people from the club’s end didn’t go forward with their signature.
On 1st January, AIFF sent East Bengal a letter, where it was mentioned that they won’t be able to register any player unless the ban if lifted. Notably, Jake Jervis had arrived in India, way back in the first week of January itself and that too, as a replacement of Brazilian striker Eliandro. Thus, if not against FC Goa, hopefully, in their next outing against Kerala Blasters, Stephen Constantine will be able to use his new arrival.
Also as per Stephen Constantine, they had three or four players in mind, whom they wanted to sign in January. However, whether those deals will go through is a question to be answered soon.
East Bengal’s performance in ISL 2022-23
The side is languishing in the ninth position with 12 points after 14 games. Their playoffs hope is almost crushed. All they can do is now play for pride.
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However, one positive aspect is that Cleiton Silva, who is the skipper, is currently the joint highest top-scorer in the ISL with nine goals.