It’s not yet certain if Bhaichung Bhutia would be allowed to play for East Bengal this season. But the Indian skipper doesn’t appear perturbed. He has entered into an agreement with the red-and-golds and despite his busy schedule, chose to drop in at the East Bengal ground today. As always, his presence was inspirational and the players, who were going through the paces, had a spring in their steps.
The Sikkimese Sniper was given a hero’s welcome by the East Bengal fans. They cheered his every move and wished him luck for the Nehru Cup. Bhutia, however, didn’t join the team in training. But the fans stayed back for the entire duration of his stay at the club.
Nabi signs for EB
Rahim Nabi has decided to stay with East Bengal, albeit reluctantly. Nabi has asked for a pay-hike which, according to him, was turned down by the management. Still, the player has decided to continue with his old club. “I have a contract with East Bengal till 2011. So, despite good offers from several clubs including Mohun Bagan, I have decided to stay here,” he said. Nabi will be the captain this season and he considers leading a team with Bhutia in its ranks a “privilege”. “It’s difficult to describe in words about a situation when I will lead the iconic Indian footballer on the field. It will be a big challenge. I am looking forward to the moment. We will definitely gain a lot from Bhaichung,” he said.