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Chizoba unfazed by the attention

Calcutta: A week ago, Christopher Chizoba was just one of those impressive foreigners playing for a CFL club.

And on Wednesday morning, the spotlight was on the former Peerless SC player. Coming in as a replacement for Eric Muranda, the Nigerian has been assigned with the task of pulling a club of Mohun Bagan’s stature out of the woods.

Christopher, though, looks unfazed.

“It’s a boost for me that I’ve got an opportunity to play for a major club. I know I’ll be facing a big task. But I’ll certainly try and adjust as quickly as possible to form an understanding with (Okolie) Odafe.

“It won’t happen overnight. It will take time. But I know the job the club expects me to do and I’ll do my best to make sure Mohun Bagan are not disappointed,” he said, after his first training session in Bagan colours, on Wednesday.

Coach Karim Bencharifa, too, seems impressed with Christopher. “He’s a fit and tested player. He has scored plenty of goals in the CFL, even against the major teams.

“However, a lot will depend on how he handles the pressure associated with representing a team like Mohun Bagan,” the Moroccan pointed out.

On the other hand, East Bengal have included Baljit Singh Sahni, in place of James Moga, for Saturday’s I-League away tie against Rangdajied United FC. Moga, who’s still busy with his commitments for South Sudan, is yet to join the squad.

Midfielder Harmanjyot Singh Khabra and central defender Uga Okpara are carrying injuries and underwent further treatment. However, they will still be travelling with the squad to Shillong.