Former Galatasaray striker in the radar of East Bengal
The season for Kingfisher East Bengal has ended amidst despair. Except the Calcutta Football League trophy, the 97 year old institution has again failed to stamp authority in the national level tournaments.
Add to this the ongoing dilly-dallies regarding the participation in the ISL, the scene is hotting up with the passage of every day.
The squad will reportedly undergo a complete remodelling in the upcoming season. The foreigners are the ones whom the supporters look upto for delivering the goods, but the trio of Willis Plaza, Wedson Anselme and Ivan Bukenya are set to leave the club after a dismal season and occasional spats with the supporters.
The officials are also not sitting idle and have showed prominent activity regarding landing players in the club ahead of the CFL. East Bengal have already signed the Aizawl duo of Vanlalremdika and Lalramchullova, who played pivotal roles in Aizawl’s I-League triumphant campaign. The Red and Gold has signed Richard Costa from Churchill Brothers and have reportedly also struck a deal with Mahmoud Al-Amna of Aizawl as their Asian quota foreigner.
But they are yet to sign the other foreigners and the two names that are emerging as probable recruits are-Ghanaian international Seydu Bancey and Zambian international Ziyo Tembo.
Bancey is a Centre-forward, who is noted for his link-up play and agility. The 27 year old striker is currently in the ranks of Tunisian outfit ES Zarzis. The player previously had stint with Istanbul giants Galatasaray in 2016 where he netted 3 goals in 5 matches for the Turkish club in the Super Lig. Bancey has donned the Ghana NT jersey 4 times as well.
On the other hand Ziyo Tembo is a Zambian Centre-back who is currently a player of Zambian side Zanaco FC. Tembo is the Captain of the side and has won the Zambian League Player of the Year award in 2016. Tembo is a centre-back who is renowned for his presence on the field and match-reading blended with positional sense. He has also some scoring boots in his kitty and chips in goals now and then. The 31 year old has represented the Zambia National team twice.
Whether the two Africans will arrive at Lesley Claudius Lane at Kolkata is a matter of ‘Ifs and buts’, but there is no denial of the fact that the Red and Gold brigade are heavily linked with the two players ahead of their campaign of doing the unprecedented ‘Octa’ of CFL.