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East Bengal’s coach impasse continues

Colaco

Calcutta: The wait for a coach at East Bengal seems to be never-ending. While on Monday the club said that Tuesday would provide an answer, it wasn’t so. It wouldn’t be Wednesday either with the issue almost certain to spill over into the next week.

After an informal meeting of the club brass on Tuesday, a top official said that they have received an email from Armando Colaco and will be replying with two-three days. “We have adopted a wait-and-watch approach… We don’t think there’s any reason to hurry things. We have seen Armando’s email and will be sending him a reply,” the official said.

However, neither was the content of Armando’s email revealed nor was it clarified what the club’s answer will be. The officials’ reluctance to divulge details has created a nothing situation. Neither is the Goan coach confirmed nor has he been cancelled. As a result, the club isn’t ready to talk about alternatives either.

“We are dealing only with Armando at the moment… Why would we talk about other names? A decision on Armando can be expected early next week,” the official said.

Nigerian defender Uga Okpara visited the club tent on Tuesday. Uga, who missed most of the last season because of an injury, said that he will be going to Johannesburg to undergo a rehab program. He expects to return to India by August-September.

“The club has been very patient with me… They have given me my payments respecting the contract. They have done a lot for me,” Uga said.

Though the club has made it clear that the coach, whoever it is, will take a final call about the foreigners, sources said that the Nigerian will be given a chance to prove his fitness once he returns to India.