Uncertain future of Mohun Bagan's coach Karim Bencherifa

Kolkata, PTI | Updated : 20 October 2013, 07:27 PM

The nightmarish run of Mohun Bagan in the I-League has led to the speculation that coach Karim Bencherifa`s days are numbered at the green and maroon camp.

In the aftermath of on Saturday`s shocking 1-2 loss to Sporting Clube de Goa here, Mohun Bagan spectators were seen mocking at the club officials and even threw abuses at the Moroccan.

Deeply disappointed with the way the team went down, Bencherifa gave enough hints of his resignation and said, "I would have to think about stepping down if we play like this."

"The supporters have all the right to be angry because they want Bagan to be at the top.

"We created quite a few chances initially, enough to kill the game. But, now that does not matter... I take full responsibility and I have no excuses," Bencherifa said.

The supporters had all the hope as it was Mohun Bagan`s first home match of the I-League as they had started with a loss (Pune FC) and a draw (Churchill Brothers).

The over dependence on Nigerian forward Odafa Okolie, who is recovering from an injury, is hurting Mohun Bagan`s cause as they have so far managed to score only two goals including a penalty.

More difficult challenge awaits Mohun Bagan who face table leaders Salgaocar on October 23 which may see Odafa`s comeback.

Around same time last year, Bencherifa had replaced Santosh Kashyap after a similar flop show in the middle 2012-13 season.

Since 2009 when Bencherifa had his first stint, Mohun Bagan have hired seven coaches including high profile Steve Darby who left in the middle of 2011-12 season.

First Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013 07:22 PM
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