| Mohammedan Sporting’s Tolgay Ozebe after scoring the equaliser, on Tuesday. A Telegraph picture |
Calcutta: Tolgay Ozebe’s brilliant strike in the 74th minute enabled Mohammedan Sporting to manage a point from Kalighat MS in a CFL Premier Division championship round match, at the Kalyani Stadium, on Tuesday.
In the first half, Saikat Patra had put Kalighat MS ahead with a superb volley from top of the box.
The 1-1 draw raised quite a few questions about the Mohammedan Sporting squad. This squad lacks depth and talent. Barring the four foreigners, there is not a single Indian player who can get a start in any of the I-League teams.
There is this goalkeeper Sukhwinder Singh who doesn’t have any idea about the nuances of goalkeeping. Time and again, he charged out to put his team in danger and was very poor in the air. The goal Mohammedan Sporting conceded was more because of Sukhwinder’s poor positional sense than anything else.
He was caught in the no man’s land and Patra was smart enough to notice that. Rightfully, Mohammedan Sporting were punished.
The defence also was pathetic. With Luciano Sabrosa’s right arm still in the sling, there’s no back-up. R. Dhanarajan, Justine Stephen, Sukhdeb Murmu and Collin Abranches looked all at sea against a team like Kalighat MS.
“We have to buck up, first. But I am hopeful. These matches have no relevance. My focus is I-League,” Abdul Aziz Moshood said after the match.
Well going by the form of his team, it will be very surprising if they do anything noteworthy in I-League. The club officials may magnify the success of the Durand Cup, where most of the teams were average. In reality this team don’t have enough ammunition to fire.
It’s not just football, Mohammedan Sporting players also do not know much about what kind of boots to wear when the ground is slippery. Most of the players were using shorter ones on Tuesday, when they should have gone for the longer ones.
Tolgay missed a sitter midway through the first half — Dipendu Biswas set him up with a delightful through ball — because he was not using the correct studs. By the time the players realised their mistake, Kalighat MS were already 1-0 up.
Tolgay though tried his best and was ably rewarded for working tirelessly. After receiving a ball in the rival-half, Tolgay got past two Kalighat MS players and unleashed a low volley from 25 yards, which did not give Suvam Sen a chance to move.
It was the Tolgay we have seen regularly in East Bengal and fleetingly with Mohun Bagan.
Mohammedan Sporting: Sukhwinder Singh; R. Dhanarajan, Justine Stephen, Sukhdev Murmu, Collin Abranches, Gagandeep Singh, R. Samson, Imran Khan (Israil Gurung 79), Dipendu Biswas (Ajay Singh 46), Gauranga Biswas, Tolgay Ozebe.
Kalighat MS: Suvam Sen; Supriya Bhakat, Charles Dzisah, Prasenjit Paul, Mohan Sarkar, Kallol Pal, Zodinliana, Bhim Oraon, Krishanu Das, Saikat Patra (Sandip Patra 89), Joel Sunday.
Referee: Pranjal Banerjee
MoM: Saikat Patra