Placing their off-the-field controversy behind, Mohammedan Sporting on Friday clinched an I-League berth after seven years with a 2-0 win over metropolis rivals Bhawanipore FC within the qualifiers right here.
Vanlalbiaa Chhangte (twenty eighth minute) and Gani Ahmmed Nigam (67th) struck on both aspect of half-time to win the match. With three wins on the trot, the Black Panthers now have an unassailable lead of 9 factors over their nearest rivals to seal the lone I-League spot with a spherical to spare.
In an inconsequential ultimate spherical match on October 19, Mohammedan Sporting will face FC Bengaluru United, adopted by the match between ARA FC and Bhawanipore FC.
The 131-year-old membership will thus develop into the lone Kolkata group within the I-League to be performed totally in West Bengal within the absence of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal who’ve joined the top-tier Indian Tremendous League.
The I-League is more likely to begin in December.
Mohammedan Sporting final performed the I-League in 2013-14 however solely to be relegated the identical season.
Within the first match on Friday, Garhwal FC seemed set to log out their I-League Qualifiers marketing campaign with a win however ended up having to share factors with ARA FC.
Defender Neeraj Bhandari gave his group an early lead however a late penalty from Surajit Seal noticed each groups stroll off the sector on the Kalyani Stadium with honours even.
Mohammedan Sporting had courted controversy with the sacking of head coach Yan Regulation, who was alleged by the membership brass of leaking private dialog. The membership had additionally lodged police complaints towards Regulation on expenses of revealing group info to “outsider” Ranjit Bajaj, the previous proprietor of Punjab FC. Beneath Regulation, that they had a scrappy 1-0 win over the Delhi-based Garhwal FC, courtesy of an injury-time objective from Mumnmun Lugun.
Within the subsequent match, the group made wholesale adjustments underneath an interim coach and secured a thumping 4-1 win over ARA FC.