Favourites Mohun Bagan will play against unfancied Young Elephants FC of Laos in the only match of the second day of the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup today.
The second match of the tournament as well as of Group B will get underway at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chattogram at 7:00pm.
Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan have come to Bangladesh after two decades. The club does not boast national players of the India team like the past, but they have brought an almost full-strength side with six foreign players and see this tournament as the perfect platform for the I-League, which starts in the first week of November.
While there are no Indian national team players in the team currently, the six foreigners including five Spaniards and one Trinidadian make them one of the strongest teams of the competition.
Coach Kibu Vicuna is confident his side can lift the title despite it being a pre-season tournament for them.
“We have come here to do our best. We are trying to create a good team. Even though it is part of preparation for I-League, our target is to lift the trophy,” the Spaniard said during a pre-tournament press conference on Friday.
As the name suggests, Young Elephants are a very young team. Having been established only four years ago, they boast a squad with an average age of 21. The team has not yet played any international tournament.
“We have only four national team players. We play the premier League without any foreign players. We are all very excited and we will try to do our best,” said Young Elephants coach V Sarvaraj.