After finishing third in the last edition of the Hero I-League, Kingfisher East Bengal’s old warhorse Arnab Mondal has set his eyes on winning the elusive Hero I-League trophy for the Kolkata outfit in the 11th edition of the domestic league which is slated to kick-off from November 27, 2017.
“We want to win the Hero I-League. It is as simple as that”, a confident Arnab Mondal said on the sidelines of the Hero I-League launch in the capital yesterday. “A successful campaign for us will be winning the Hero I-League and we are focused on achieving the same.”
The Red and Golds have always been title challengers in the Hero I-League finishing third last season with 33 points out of 18 matches, finishing below rivals Mohun Bagan and four points adrift of champions Aizawl FC.
“The best result for us will be winning the Hero I-League and that is also my personal target. I want to lift the Hero I-League trophy with Kingfisher East Bengal in my career”, after a pause, he adds, “Individually, I am hell-bent on winning this trophy. In a sense, this trophy means a lot to me and winning it would mean the world to me.”
The defender further said that he will dedicate the Hero I-League win to the fans. “If we win the Hero I-League, it will be for the fans. They have been our support and have cheered for us through thick and thin. They deserve to be rewarded and we are striving on giving this gift to our fans”
But certainly, it will be tough as the Kolkata outfit face defending champions Aizawl FC in their opening fixture of the campaign. “Every team in the Hero I-League presents its own challenges. No team is easy and every team plays to win. The challenge for us is to outplay them and secure the results”
“The pressure is always there when you play at the highest level but if we win a couple of our opening matches and gather maximum points, we can breathe a little.”