Armando Colaco is the most successful manager of I league history. He not only guided Dempo sports club to five I league titles but developed a strong Goan youth brigade as well. Armando Colaco’s journey as East Bengal coach has been a roller coaster ride so far. His prime goal & biggest challenge here is surely to give East Bengal their maiden I league title. At the same time Armando is silently trying to build a strong group of young players from Bengal. He was really happy when Abinash Ruidas scored the winning goal against Bengaluru FC on 28th January at Salt Lake Stadium.
Abinash was one of the discoveries made by Armando during last edition of IFA Calcutta Football League. On a recent interview he stated that he is very happy that Ruidas delivered at right moment and justified his selection. He also informed that he is having few more promising youngsters in his stable. Abinash Ruidas is now a familiar name among regular followers of Indian football. Profiles of some other talented young footballers are briefly narrated here –
He started his career in Mohunbagan academy at Durgapur. East Bengal officials were pleased by his performance in U-19 I league and recruited him. He worked hard in training and earned Armando’s trust. He performed very well in CFL 2014 and eventually scored match winning goal in title decider between East Bengal & Tollygaunge Aggrami. But as there was a long break due to first edition of Indian Super League, he somehow lost his focus during this break. As per report he gained weight and became unfit. Armando was furious with Prahlad’s attitude during training season. East Bengal didn’t register him in I league after that. Presently his roommate and another promising young right back Abhisek Das and assistant coach of East Bengal Sujit Chakrabarty is trying to motivate him. He is young and time is on his side, we can expect a return to first eleven very soon.
He was top scorer of U-19 I league and was promoted to East Bengal senior squad as advised by Tarun Dey, former India international and manager of U-19 East Bengal side. He is a product of East Bengal youth development system. He caught everyone’s eye when he was given a chance to practice with senior squad by Marcos Felopa. When Armando took charge he earned his place in first eleven by working hard and impressed critics with his performance in CFL. Presently Jiten is working hard and waiting for an opportunity as East Bengal’s striker Dudu Omagbemi is recovering from an injury.
Another product of East Bengal Youth Development, Kishan was recruited into the red & gold squad from East Bengal U-19 in the 2014-15 season after a brilliant display in U-19 I league. A talented midfielder and has the uncanny knack of scoring goals at vital moments. His idol is Rahim Nabi.
He is a product of Tata Football Academy, Baidyanath joined the red & gold squad in the 2014-15 season after graduating successfully from TFA. A talented central defender Baidyanath is waiting for his opportunity.
Another product of East Bengal Youth Development, Wasim was called up into the senior red & gold squad from East Bengal U-19 in the 2014-15 season. A talented and courageous stopper back. He played well in preparation matches and Armando is ready to test him in I league.
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In place of buddha players, these young players should be given chance. along with 3-4 seniors.