12 May 2012
Today is the big day all Nepalese football fans are aniticpating a hotly anticipated friendly match between Nepal champions Nepal Police Club and the legendary club from India Mohun Bagan. The Calcutta based outfit has already arrived for the clash and eager to showcase their game to new set of football followers. They have some of the best footballers in South Asia if not Asia.
One of the most decorated Indian football outfit Mohun Bagan would want to win against Nepal Police Club in a friendly match. Mohun Bagan is one of the oldest football clubs in Asia and its history dates back to more than a century. It is one of the most successful football club in India having won plenty of accolades and trophies to boost. But it is still yet to taste victory in the newly revamped I-League.
Nepalifootball.com picks out 3 players who could make an impact in today's match against Nepal Police Club. So those who would be attending the match at the venue and those who would be following live commentary you may want to know the match winners in Mohun Bagan.
The name says it all. A familiar Nepalese name and everyone other than those who follow will believe him to be a Nepali after all. Even though Sunil was born in India but is of Nepalese orgin and both his parents hail from Nepal who had settled later in India. He is also a popular figure among Nepalese football fan due to his Nepalese connection.
Sunil Chettri is one of the most coveted forward in South Asia. He started his senior career from Mohun Bagan and played with various other clubs and most recently returned to the club where his footballing journey started. He made debut in the national squad in 2005 and so far made 58 appearances and scored 33 goals. This will be his second experience after coming to play in AFC Challenge Cup most recently. He possesses excellent ball control and good composure infront of goal. Even though he is of decent height and not too much of physical presence but his swift movement can cause havoc to NPC defender.
Odafe Onyeka Okolie
Odafe Onyeka Okolie is a Nigerian footballer and is one of the highest paid footballer in Indian football. He is playing at his best and is very lethal infront of goal. He started his career in Bangladesh League where he was not so successful. But his career changed drastically after he joined Churchill Brothers. He won the I-League once but his goals statistics of scoring a goal every game is mouth watering. He scored 101 goals in 87 appearances for Chruchill Brothers and finished highest scorer in I-League on 3 occasion before moving to Mohun Bagan in 2011.
In his first season at Mohun Bagan he continued to score goals at alaraming rate of scoring goals in every game. He has scored 25 goals in 22 appearances for Mohun Bagan in the League. He is all time leading scorer in I-League and at the age of 26 there is plenty of more to come before he hungs up his boots. A deadly preadator infront of goal. NPC defender would have a nightmare containing him and Sunil at the same time.
Syed Rahim Nabi
Syed Rahim Nabi is one of the versatile player in Mohun Bagan's fold. Although he is a midfielder he can play as full back as well. One notable thing about him is he started his career as a striker. He is a product of the Tata Academy and has 46 caps for his country and scored 4 goals so far. He is at peak of his career and want to prove his worth by stoping out the opponents play in their defensive half.
Syed Rahim Nabi has been nominated for Indian Player of the Year 2012 and is one of the strong favourites to get the award after his performance for club and country. He started his career from Mohammaden Sporting Club and then he moved to East Bengal. He switched to cross town rival Mohun Bengal just a year back. He is a strong player with loads of stamina. He is there to break down every opponents attack and provides cover to even this fellow defenders. NPC forwards and attackers need to get better of him before they can have a shot at goal.