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Former Mariners feel for Amphan-hit “City of Joy”

Mohun Bagan AC players and officials celebrating their Hero I-League title. (Photo courtesy: I-League Media)
Mohun Bagan AC players and officials celebrating their Hero I-League title. Photo courtesy: I-League Media

As the City of Joy suffered the wrath of Cyclone Amphan, many a Hero I-League player who has plied their trade in the traditional clubs of Kolkata took to their personal social media handles to show their love and affection and also praying for the “safety of the residents.”

Reigning Hero I-League champion coach Kibu Vicuna tweeted, “So worried. All my thoughts is with my Indian family and all the people from the areas devastated after Super Cyclone Amphan. ‘The biggest disaster in the history of West Bengal’ I hope the joy will get back to you as soon as possible! #mohunbagan #prayforbengal”

The Spanish tactician has already announced to join Kerala Blasters in the next season.

Joseba Beitia, the lynchpin behind the Mariners’ enviable success this season, has always been a fan favourite for his shrewd crosses and inch-perfect long balls for Fran Gonzalez.

The former Real Sociedad midfielder also took to Instagram to share pictures from Amphan-dented Kolkata and an anguished message.

“Very sad to see how the cyclone is sweeping Kolkata! a lot of strength to all my friends and family from Kolkata. #stayathome #besafe #kolkata #cyclone #friends #love”

The detrimental cyclone which already cost more than 80 lives shook none other than Sony Norde too who propelled the Mariners to their maiden Hero I-League title in 2014-15 followed by their fourteenth Hero Federation Cup title in the next season.

The Haitian who’s currently playing for Melaka United in Malacca City, Malaysia left the City of Joy in the middle of the 2018-19 season, owing to a prolonged injury. The prolific winger, on his official facebook page, shared his pain with a heart-wrenching message.

“Really feeling heart broken seeing all these pictures… I am with you all… my prayers are with you… God will surely help us to overcome this situation… hope everything will be fine very soon… ”

A poster of Fran Morante, the silent worker in the heart of the Mohun Bagan defence, was found drenched in Kolkata on May 20 night when the cyclone ransacked the city. The picture went viral amongst the Mariners and the Spaniard took no time to retweet it from his personal handle.

(I-League Media)