Kolkata: It was a dream come true after a span of 13 years. It seemed that it is a Durga Puja morning where people are ready to take on the heat wave to revisit the festivity of their passion. Fresh from the celebration after Mohun Bagan had lifted their maiden I League title after drawing 1-1 against BFC at Kanteerava Stadium at the Garden City of India, the people were in a mood to give one of the best ovations to the National champions of India. The celebration did not have open air buses where a John terry would have waved at the passers by of London, but there was definitely Sanjoy Sen, Bello Rassaq, Pritam Kotal and the likes of Pierre Boya who would be completely bowled over after seeing the immense zeal displayed by people who consider football, a sport more important than their work, family and even girlfriend perhaps.
After defeating the defending champs Ashley Westwood’s Bengaluru FC, the entire green and maroon unit returned to the city on Monday morning. From Kankurgachi to Keshtopur, Sovabazar to Sealdah, Baguiati to Bowbazar, the City of Joy was painted in the colours of the National Club Of India. Fans gathered at the roads and at the airport to welcome their favourite stars. There were colours, flags, sentiments and emotion all around. The team arrived at the club amidst cheer and warmth. Hundreds of Bagan supporters almost made the City of Joy choke in a busy Monday. Sony to Shilton, Katsumi to Kingshuk and Bello to Boya were overwhelmed at the reception given to them by the City.
At the club tent, the team was felicitated by Anjan Mitra, Debasish Dutta and a few other important members of the executive body. Coach Sanjoy Sen could not control his emotion seeing the love and greetings the fan held for him. Each and every player marooned in the green and maroon wave created by the football crazy generation. Ex Players along with East Bengal club officials also congratulated Mohun Bagan for bringing back the national title back to Bengal.