New Delhi: ATK-Mohun Bagan FC’s principal owner Sanjiv Goenka said he never doubted the decision of retaining the storied green and maroon jersey of Mohun Bagan while merging his Indian Super League (ISL) side ATKFC with the century-old club.
The merged identity of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club and ATKFC was named ATK-Mohun Bagan FC at a board meeting on Friday.
The new entity will flaunt the traditional green and maroon of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club as the primary colours and sport the iconic boat and sail logo of the 131-year-old.
The contracted players of India’s oldest football club would be inducted into the unified team, a joint statement said.
The company has seven members, principal owner Sanjiv Goenka, co-owner Utsav Parekh, Mohun Bagan officials Srinjoy Bose and Debashish Dutta, and two ATK members Gautam Ray and Sanjeev Mehra and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on its board.
The two clubs signed a MOU in January 2020, paving the way for Mohun Bagan to play in the top-tier ISL from the 2020-21 season. ATK-Mohun Bagan will participate in the 2021 AFC Cup’s group stages, using Mohun Bagan’s I-League champions’ slot.
Goenka said he decided to retain Mohun Bagan’s jersey colour after he went to the Salt Lake Stadium to watch a Kolkata derby match against East Bengal last season.
“To me, green and maroon are my colours. Green and maroon it is. The logo remains the same, ATK Mohun Bagan is the new name of the club. To each fan, all I can say is that you are important, your emotions are important, and above all, your blessings are important,” Goenka said in an interview with ISL.
Goenka also said his plan was to have red and white (ATK’s colours) as their away kit but it is not finalised yet.
“The away jersey will be white and red with green and maroon stripes on it. That is not yet unveiled nor is absolutely finalised. We have earlier thought it would be the ATK jersey with the new logo for the away kit. But today, Tumpai (Srinjoy Bose) and Debasish (Dutta) made a very good suggestion that why don’t we introduce green and maroon in the jersey. So we will do that,” the 59-year-old added.