New twist to Mike Okoro episode
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- Published 1.04.06
Calcutta: The impasse over East Bengal’s Nigerian striker Mike Okoro took a new turn on Friday, when the club pushed him on the backfoot by revealing that the player owes to them an amount of Rs 3,34,000.
When the contract was thrashed out in September last, that money was given to Okoro as an advance ? which was part of the original deal and the player had to give it back after the contract got over or in case he wished to leave the club in the middle of the season.
Showing that part of the contract, a senior club official said that Okoro’s “this talk of not being paid properly” didn’t hold water.
Okoro, citing that he is still suffering from viral fever, didn’t attend the team’s practice session for the third consecutive day, at the Howrah Municipal Stadium on Friday.
It seems unlikely that the striker would be available for East Bengal’s Round X match against Mohammedan Sporting in the National Football League (NFL) on Sunday.
“My team doesn’t comprise of one or two players. Football is a team game and it (Okoro’s unavailability) won’t effect my team,” coach Philippe de Ridder remarked, while reacting to the issue.
Meanwhile, East Bengal didn’t register Chandan Das, who was being expected to lead the side next season, for the NFL. Goalkeeper Abhra Mondal and defender Surya Bikash Chakraborty were registered to fill the club’s quota of 27 players for the season.