Kibu Vicuna (second from left) seen in Kolkata in this August 1, 2019 photo.
Kibu Vicuna (second from left) seen in Kolkata in this August 1, 2019 photo.|IANS

ISL: Kerala Blasters appoint Vicuna as head coach


Kochi, April 22, 2020

Indian Super League (ISL) side Kerala Blasters on Wednesday announced the appointment of Mohun Bagan's I-League winning coach Kibu Vicuna as their head coach for the upcoming season.

The club parted ways with Dutchman Eelco Schattorie whose one-year contract with the club came to an end.

Vicuna oversaw I-League heavyweights Mohun Bagan win the title with four rounds to spare. The league was suspended midway due to the COVID-19 pandemic and later had to be called off with Mohun Bagan declared champions.

Mohun Bagan have merged with ATK to enter into the ISL from next season with Antonio Lopez Habas, who coached ATK to their record third title, named the head coach of ATK-Mohun Bagan unit.

"We are happy to announce that Kibu Vicuna will take over as head coach for the upcoming season!" Kerala Blasters said in a tweet.

Vicuna took over from Khalid Jamil, becoming the first foreign coach Mohun Bagan have had since Moroccan Karim Bencherifa left the club in 2014.

Kerala Blasters' newly-appointed Lithuanian sporting director Karolis Skinkys was influential in convincing Vicuna to agree to join the side which finished seventh in the 10-team league.

All football has been stopped for the time being due to the coronavirus pandemic.Vicuna is currently stuck in Kolkata due to the deadly virus forcing the country to enforce an extended lockdown until May 3.