Foreigners in the likes of Willis Plaza, Kingsley Eze in the ranks of Mohammedan will offer the experience to the century-old club when they kick-off their campaign against Garhwal FC at the Kalyani Stadium on October 8.

“The mix of foreigners along with the local players has been perfect but every other team have come with the same intent. We have to be spot on,” he added.

Meanwhile, he thanked the AIFF for bringing back footballing action post the COVID pandemic. He reiterated that everyone needs to be “responsible” and adhere to the guidelines laid down by the authorities. Incidentally, this is going to be the first-ever sporting activity in India after the COVID-19 pandemic broke out earlier this year.

“It’s a different feeling to play in an empty stadium, that too in Kolkata. But, finally, we are heading back to the pitch and we can’t thank AIFF enough for that. We have to be extremely cautious and responsible so that no one gets affected and the tournament goes on successfully,” Faiaz stated.