MOHUN BAGAN HAVE REPLACED their striker Salva Chamorro with former La Liga player, Senegalese striker Baba Diawara.
After lacklustre performance in the first few matches of the season, the Mariners released Chamorro, opting to sign a new player as their 6th foreign recruit for the 2019-20 season.
With the way the team was playing, the fans had become vocal about the need to bring in a box-to-box positive striker. The club officials apparently agreed and went on to sign the 31 year old 6 foot tall classic forward.
Papa Babacar Diawara, or Baba Diwara as he's popularly known, has spent most of his career playing top division football in Portugal and France. After making his senior debut for ASC Jeanne d'Arc at the Senegal Premier League, he was recruited by CS Maritimo of Portugal's Primeira Liga at the age of 19. After making 115 competitive appearances for Maritimo across domestic league, cups and UEFA Europa League, Diawara was signed by La Liga club Sevilla. After two seasons there, he served loan spells at other Spanish top flight clubs like Levante and Getafe. Following this, he went back to Maritimo for another couple of seasons.
For the last 3 seasons he's been playing at Adelaide United in Australia's A-League.
Bringing in a forward with such high profile highlights Mohun Bagan's title ambitions. The club presently sits 2nd in the I-League points table, just behind their arch rivals East Bengal. They are about to play their first Kolkata Derby of the current I-League campaign next Sunday.