Calcutta: Subhas Bhowmick was loud and clear with his views.
The CFL is his priority, the Mohun Bagan technical director made it clear. “The team hasn’t won any major trophy in the last four years… So obviously, this tournament is a priority... It’s more than life and death for me,” Bhowmick said during a media conference at the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club, on Friday.
Bagan begin their CFL Championship Round campaign with a match against Tollygunge Agragami on Monday. Incidentally, Tollygunge Agragami appointed Subrata Bhttacharya as their new technical director. Bhowmick said he has highest regard for Bhattacharya.
“He gave Bagan two National League titles. That itself says a lot about his credentials,” Bhowmick said.
Bagan brought back Bhowmick, who won the I-League title with Churchill Brothers in 2012-13, after four years. Bhowmick, who parted ways with Bagan at the end of the 2010-11 season, said he was happy that the club authorities provided him with most of the amenities he asked for.
“I hope this would pay dividends as all the players are motivated to give their best in the matches,” he said.
Bhowmick was happy with the way his team was shaping up. “The pre-season started early June. The players now have understood what I want from them.
“Our idea is to play as many passes as possible. Yes, there are some grey areas like defence… But that will be sorted out.
“At the same time, though, there is no room for mistake. So we cannot take CFL to sort out those things. We have to do it as early as possible,” he said.
Mohun Bagan, meanwhile, postponed the registration of Cameroonian striker Pierre Boya, since his medical test was not completed on Friday. “The club took a decision at the beginning of the season that no player would be signed without undergoing medical and fitness test. Boya’s registration will be done very soon,” Bhowmick said.
Talking about the Indian Super League (ISL), Bhomwick said he would take a wait-and-watch policy. “I am not sure how it will pan out. But if nurtured properly, it can benefit Indian football in the long run.”
About his plan as Bagan would have to release as many as 11 players for the ISL, he said “The situation is more or less same for all the I-League teams.”
Talking about East Bengal coach Armando Colaco’s comment the other day that the Red and gold brigade would take CFL as a platform for youngsters, Bhowmick said he would not be able to afford that. “East Bengal’s target is different... They can afford to take CFL lightly. But we can’t. Our priorities are different.”