Mohun Bagan blanked Calcutta Customs 2-0 Wednesday to clinch the local league title for the first time since 2010, and end arch-rivals East Bengal’s eight-year reign at the top.
Henry Kisseka struck twice in the 4th and 45th minutes as Mohun Bagan sealed the issue with an unassailable 26 points with a match to spare on way to their 30th Calcutta Football League Premier Division A title at their home ground.
East Bengal crucially slipped up in the title race when they went down 1-2 to Mohammedan Sporting to give Bagan some breathing space at the top of the table.
Having suffered back-to-back defeats, 39-time defending champions East Bengal have 20 points with a match to go.
In front of a packed home crowd, Mohun Bagan looked in complete control right from the start, determined to wrap up the league title before their final league match against Mohammedan Sporting on September 18.
The Ugandan forward beautifully chest-trapped Arijit Bagui’s long ball from the right flank to give Mohun Bagan the early lead.
Asier Dipanda Dicka made up for his wastefulness with a magnificent through ball as Kisekka controlled the ball just outside the six-yard box before slotting it past Suvam Sen’s reach at the far-post.
(With inputs from PTI)