The Black Panthers will be hoping to turn around their fortunes in this campaign.
The Black Panthers featured in the 2nd Division I-League last season, but they failed to make it out of the group stages. Although, the side looked strong on paper after securing the services of Fikru Lamessa, the Ethiopian forward failed to impress in the league. But, a lot has changed since then with players not performing up to the mark and managers being axed, the club experienced yet another disappointing campaign.
The board decided to release Fikru and to make a new beginning they appointed a new experienced manager in Raghu Nandy. The former Southern Samity and George Telegraph coach is a well-known name in Kolkata Maidan and will look to bring about a change in fortunes for the Black Panthers in the new CFL season.
Mohammedan have also roped in some well-known players for the new season as Leonce Dodoz and Arup Debnath from Aizawl FC have joined their ranks. Dodoz had been very impressive for the Reds last season and will now look to give his best for the Black and Whites.
With his compatriot, Lancine Toure retained as the second foreigner and with the likes of Jewel Raja, Dipendu Dowary and Prasenjit Pal joining, the quality in their ranks is pretty decent to make a mark in the league.
To begin with, a total of 16 players were registered for the upcoming CFL at the Indian Football Association office in Kolkata. The players were accompanied with Team Manager Belal Ahmed Khan and General Manager Akbar Ali. Days later, the club also registered their remaining nine players along with THE two overseas players for the tournament.
The 25 players who HAVE BEEN registered for Mohammedan Sporting Club for the Calcutta Football League 2018 are as follows:
Priyant Singh (Gokulam Kerala), Tonmoy Ghosh (East Bengal), Snehasish Dutta (Tollygunge Agragami), Prosenjit Chakraborty (Chennaiyin FC), Prasenjit Paul (Tollygunge Agragami), Arup Debnath (Aizawl FC), Kamran Farooque (Mohammedan SC), Debasish Pradhan (Mohammedan SC), Ainish Zamadar (Mohammedan SC), Satyam Sharma (Mohammedan SC), Sumit Das (Rainbow AC), Sumit Ghosh (Calcutta Customs), Avijit Metya (Rainbow AC), Rakesh Karmakar (FCI), Dipayan Samanta (FCI), Firoz Ali (Rainbow AC), Leonce Dodoz (Aizawl FC), Lancine Toure (Langsning FC), Sheikh Jewel Raja (FC Pune City), Sourav Chakraborty (Tollygunge Agragami), Dipendu Dowary (Mohammedan SC), Ripon Rahman (Mohammedan SC), Laltu Hembram (Peerless SC), Rinku Kumar Shaw (SAI Kolkata), Mafizur Rahman (Chennai Arrows FC).