Kolkata. East Bengal (EB) veterans Baichunga Bhutia and Subhash BhowmikSaid on Saturday that the club should think about moving forward 'by accepting things'. Celebrating the centenary celebrations of its existence, the club has been facing a difficult situation for the last few days. East Bengal, which came into existence in 1920 under adverse circumstances, became a rivalry with the city's 131-year-old Mohun Bagan Club, becoming one of the most successful clubs in India. The club was founded on August 1, 1920. The club, however, is struggling to find a place in the Indian Super League (ISL), the country's top league without sponsors, while Mohun Bagan managed to do so. Bhutia, one of the most successful players of Indian football, who has represented the club for a long time, said the tournament would be further enhanced with East Bengal getting a place in the ISL. Bhutia said, "As a player of East Bengal, we would love to see it playing top level leagues,
We want to see East Bengal in the ISL. Everyone should work in that direction and we all should have this objective. "He said," If you are not able to make a place in the ISL this year and they (Football Sports Development Ltd.) don't know the number of teams in the league If we are increasing, then we will have to accept things and continue to strive in the future. "The 43-year-old former player congratulated fans and officials for the club's 100 years and said," I would just like to say that East The tournament and game level will be high with Bengal getting a place in the ISL. The former India captain picked the 2003 ASEAN Cup win and the 1997 Federation Cup semi-final hat-trick as his best moments with the club. Coach Bhowmick, who played a key role in making the team the ASEAN champion in Indonesia, said that there is no doubt that East Bengal are one of the best clubs in the country.
He said about the ongoing discussion about East Bengal and ISL, "Let any other club in India win a tournament on foreign soil and then talk about East Bengal." He said, "Today the club My humble appeal to the officials and fans is to stop being depressed for not getting a chance to play in the ISL. If we want to play I-League, then so be it. But we will return victorious. ”FSDL-owned ISL was given top-tier status by the AFC (Confederation of Asian Football) last year. The AFC also asked the ISL to open the entry way for the two I-League clubs by the end of the 2020-21 season. Former East Bengal captain Mehtab Hussain said that even if the team does not get a place in the ISL this year, they will have to remain strong and positive. The player, who played the AFC Cup semi-finals for the team in 2013, said, "If we don't get to play in the ISL then there should be no regrets." We can still achieve qualification through the I-League.