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Mohun Bagan handed I-League 2019/20 trophy after 7 months, wishes pour in

The I-League trophy, which was put in a glass cascade in an open jeep, passed through locations like EM Bypass, Ultodanga, Shyambazar, and Dharmatala on its way to Mohun Bagan Athletic Club.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: October 18, 2020 9:45:18 pm
Mohun Bagan won the I-League 2019/20 back in March. (Source: Twitter/MohunBaganAC)

After the much-awaited I-League 2019/20 trophy was presented to Mohun Bagan, the Mariners will be engaged in pre-Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata on Sunday.

Although Mohun Bagan had won the title with four matches to spare back in March, the trophy presentation had been delayed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The trophy was handed over to players and coaches by I-League CEO Sunando Dhar in presence of club president Swapan Sadhan Bose and West Bengal Sports Minister Aroop Biswas at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kolkata.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also conveyed his wishes. ”

Congratulations to the players, staff and fans of the illustrious @Mohun_Bagan for emerging as @ILeagueOfficial Champions! Indeed, a joyful occasion,” he wrote on Twitter.

In the absence of their I-League winning coach Kibu Vicuna, his deputy Ranjan Chowdhury was there along with defender Dhanchandra Singh and a handful of support staff members.

“I’m very happy to be with you on this special day to celebrate our I-League triumph. Finally the moment has come but unfortunately, I could not attend because of the pandemic,” Vicuna, who is now the head coach of Kerala Blasters FC, said in a video message.

Dhar said the Mariners played the “best brand of football” to conquer the I-League 2019/20.

“They have become the best club of India, now I hope they replicate the same performance when they compete in the AFC Cup in the upcoming season,” he said.

After the ceremony, a procession was held from Hyatt Regency to Mohun Bagan Athletic Club. The I-League trophy, which was put in a glass cascade in an open jeep, passed through locations like EM Bypass, Ultodanga, Shyambazar, Girish Park, and Dharmatala.

Apart from the procession, four floating sky balloons with the branding of the I-League Trophy were released from Howrah, Dharmatala, Deshapriya Park, and Hedua-Vivekananda Road.

Earlier, a traditional flag hoisting ceremony was observed on Sunday morning in the presence of general secretary Srinjoy Bose, finance secretary Debashis Dutta, Dhanachandra Singh, and Ranjan Chowdhury to celebrate the homecoming of the trophy.

Even the iconic Howrah Bridge will be illuminated with traditional Mohun Bagan colours on Sunday and Monday to commemorate the success of the club.

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