Outgoing world football body FIFA President Sepp Blatter has congratulated Mohun Bagan on winning the I-League, saying that the Kolkata giants had achieved their success through “exceptional performance”.
“A national team victory is a wonderful occasion and an opportunity to draw satisfaction from a job well done. Please pass on my own personal congratulations, along with those of the whole football family, Mohun Bagan on their exceptional performance,” Blatter said in a letter sent to All India Football Federation President Praful Patel.
“I know behind this success are the belief and effort of everyone involved. This is a true team victory, and all of you deserve to share in the accolades; the players and coach of course, but also the technical and medical staff, not least, the loyal fans,” Blatter said in the congratulatory message.
Mohun Bagan clinched their maiden I-League title in 13 years after managing a 1-1 draw against defending champions Bengaluru FC on May 31.
Blatter, who was re-elected FIFA president for the fifth time last Friday, quit the top post on Tuesday due to immense pressure following the arrest of senior FIFA officials over a corruption scandal, asked Mohun Bagan to continue with their good work.
“Football is proving more than ever that it can transcend traditional boundaries to become a real driver of development. It enables players at all levels to develop their individual skills, tactical understanding and personal dynamism, all the while strengthening team spirit.”
“Football truly is a school for life and I am convinced that everyone, and in particular the young people of today, can benefit from playing football on both a social and personal level,” he said.
“That is why I urge them all in Mohun Bagan to continue their work, leading the way on this path of success. Football is helping to build a better future and I wish to thank Mohun Bagan for playing their part in this,” said Blatter.