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Vijayan begins coaching career

KOLKATA: Former soccer star I.M. Vijayan joined his close friend and once on-field partner Joe Paul Ancheri in starting a career in football coaching here on Saturday.

With Ancheri already looking after the youth team of Mohun Bagan, Vijayan formally took over a coaching job with Southern Samity, a premier division side in the Calcutta Football League. Vijayan, who recently acquired an AFC ‘B' coaching license, joined his new team after signing a one-year deal with the club.

One of the finest strikers to have played for the country, “Kalo Horin” (black buck), as Vijayan was popularly known during his playing days in Kolkata, was hopeful of having an equally eventful career in coaching. “I want to make the best of the opportunity being in the city of football,” Vijayan said hoping that he will be able fully justify his new assignment. — Principal Correspondent

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