Emotional Norde promises Bagan comeback

Mohun Bagan's star forward Sony Norde, who sought a termination of his contract to head to Argentina to undergo surgery for his right knee injury, has promised a return to the side in the future.

Sony Norde has been instrumental in Mohun Bagan's success in the domestic circuit and led the side to I-League and Federation Cup titles.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

A teary-eyed Sony Norde bid an emotional farewell to Mohun Bagan with a promise that he would return in the future. Struggling with a right knee injury, Norde, who guided Bagan to I-League and Federation Cup titles, sought a termination of his contract to head to Argentina where he will undergo surgery for his injury.

He got an emotional send off as close to 20,000 supporters adorned Norde’s masks and many were also seen sporting the trademark Norde mohawk hairdo during Bagan’s 2-0 derby win over East Bengal on Sunday.

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“It was hard for me to take the decision. I couldn’t sleep that night when I took the decision because it was very hard for me,” an emotional Norde said. “I hope you guys try and keep winning. I will pray for Mohun Bagan to win every match. Thank you very much and I will see you very soon,” he added.

“Keep fighting, team. Give your 100 per cent in the pitch and win every game. Mohun Bagan will stay, but I have to go. Mohun Bagan lives forever,” he said with moist eyes.

Recollecting his association with the club, Norde further added, “What a thrill it was. This club gave me everything, but I have to leave for my career, future and family. I need to be at my best. If I continue playing despite the injury, it is not good for me.”

“I’ll come back to Mohun Bagan. I want to thank the officials who treated me like I was always at home. I never missed my family when I was here,” the 28-year-old, who joined the team in 2014, said.

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He also tried to console the supporters and said, “It’s very hard for me seeing the supporters cry. When I was coming for the event this morning, they were crying. I promise you guys that I will come back after recovery from the injury. This is the only way I can give you all the love back.

“Today it’s not about me, it’s about Mohun Bagan. They are becoming bigger day by day. We could have scored 6-7 goals yesterday (in the Kolkata derby),” he said.

“You can compare the club with every team in the world but you cannot compare the supporters,” he concluded.

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