The Korean footballer of East Bengal Dong Hun Do who has already dragged the searchlight of the media as well as from the East Bengal fans by his prolific scoring ability, is unhappy with the ball, being used in the ongoing Kolkata Premier League. Dong expressed his unhappiness on Saturday during the team’s training at Barasat Stadium and said, “The ball has no perfect bounce and the swing of this ball in the air is also not steady.”
Cosco ball is used in Kolkata Premier League. Puma made football is used in Indian Super League. Even the Nike football is used in I league. Although the secretary of Indian Football Association (IFA) Utpal Ganguly has refuted the allegation and said, “We will only think about this complain if any club submits any complaint to our office. On the other hand, Mohammedan Sporting’s experienced coach Mridul Banerjee gave another reason on this occasion saying, “Price of one Cosco football is in between Rs 700 and Rs800 while one Puma football or even a Nike football cost in between Rs 7000 and Rs 8000. Naturally, it will be difficult for other teams in the Kolkata League to buy those expensive balls. That is why, all the Kolkata League teams depend on Cosco ball.”
Goalkeepers like Shilton Paul, Abhra Mondal also gave the same opinion with Dong about this Cosco ball. Both the experienced goalkeepers said, “From our experience of participating in the I-League, we can say that the standard of the ball used in Kolkata League much low. The best quality of ball we get in ISL. Then it is in the I-League.”
However, Ranti Martins does not seem to be still fully fit for East Bengal’s first derby against Mohun Bagan on September 6. Although, East Bengal coach Biswajit Bhattacharya will take no risk by making his 18-member squad without this mercurial Nigerian striker, the player himself seems not to be content with his fitness level till now. Rather he said, “I do not want to start and play any full match now unless I am reaching the desired fit.