Amid the kind of happy chaos that makes the occasion a disaster for reporters but a dream for supporters, Mohun Bagan unveiled Okolie Odafa on Wednesday evening and announced that the prolific Nigerian goalscorer has been signed for next season.
Odafa, 26, is said to have cost Mohun Bagan Rs 1.7 crore though neither the club nor the player would confirm it. Unconfirmed reports had Odafa’s salary at over Rs 1 crore at Churchill Brothers making him the highest paid footballer in India.
“We have been trying to get Odafa for five years and I think this is a historic day for Mohun Bagan. We are grateful to (former Mohun Bagan and Maidan star) Chima Okorie for helping us, “ said Anjan Mitra, the club’s general-secretary.
Odafa, while at Churchill Brothers, scoring a whopping nearly 100 goals in five seasons at the Goa club. He was skipper when they won their only I-League in 2008-09 and with Churchill Brothers, Odafa has won every major trophy in India barring the Federation Cup.
“When I came here first, I was unknown and I am grateful Churchill treated me like a son. I look to Mohun Bagan as a new challenge and hope they will look after me as Churchill did, said Odafa, adding, “I hope Mohun Bagan sign a good team because I will need support.”
East bengal end 2nd
Sushant Mathew and Tolgay Ozbey scored a goal each to set up East Bengal’s 2-1 victory over city rival Chirag United and achieve a runner-up finish in the I-League on Wednesday.
East Bengal, who finished the league with 51 points, were also helped by HAL’s 4-2 win over Dempo, who took the third place with 50 points.
Dempo’s martins wins golden boot
Dempo SC striker Ranty Martins today walked away with the Golden Boot award, after scoring the the highest number of goals in I-League 4. Martins had trailed Churchill Brothers’ Odafe Okolie by four goals before their penultimate match against Air India.