Indian Football

East Bengal confirm appointment of two former stars to recruit players from Santosh Trophy

Arjun Singh Devgan
East Bengal have struggled so far in their stint at ISL
East Bengal have struggled so far in their stint at ISL / DIPTENDU DUTTA/GettyImages

Indian footballing giants, East Bengal on Monday appointed their former players, Alvito D'Cunha and Sasthi Duley as 'spotters' to find prospective players for the club from Santosh Trophy in order to blood more youngsters as part of their squad.

The Kolkata-based club who recently ended their two-year association with Shree Cement Limited are currently in discussions with Bangladeshi conglomerate, Bashundhara Group over a stake in the club as they look to ensure they have a good squad ahead of the next Indian Super League (ISL) season.

"Acting on the advice of former stars, we have appointed Alvito and Sasthi as spotters who will leave for Kerala on Tuesday," confirmed East Bengal's general secretary, Kalyan Majumdar in a statement.

The club have also confirmed that they have informed the state football body, IFA of their decision to change their name to "East Bengal Club".

"We have requested IFA to mention the club name as East Bengal in any football-related activities henceforth," the statement added.

East Bengal have struggled in the ISL in the recent past as they only managed to finish ninth in their maiden season, while ending the last season as the wooden spoon holders, with the club struggling to put on a good showing so far in ISL history.