As Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan and Quess East Bengal renew their iconic rivalry in the famed ‘Kolkata Derby’ at the Salt Lake Stadium in the Hero I-League on Sunday, Yusa Katsumi, who has played for both the clubs stated “playing in the Kolkata Derby is feeling which cannot be compared to anything else.” Also Read - Komron Tursunov Sets New Record, Scores Fastest Goal in I-League History | Watch Video
“I have some very good memories with Mohun Bagan, especially of playing in the Kolkata Derby,” Katsumi, who won the Hero I-League in 2014-15 with Bagan, told i-league.org. “Playing in the derby is definitely a great experience. When you see the packed stadium and the fans all cheering for you, it is a really stirring feeling that you can’t get anywhere else.” Also Read - ISL 2020/21: Chennaiyin FC, SC East Bengal Share Honours in 2-2 Draw
When asked about his favorite memory of playing in Indian football’s biggest match-up, he said: “My best moment was in the 2013-14 season when I played for Mohun Bagan against East Bengal in the Calcutta League. We won 1-0 and I scored the only game of the match, so it was really nice.” Also Read - I-League 2020-21 to Start on January 9: AIFF
In 2017, the Japanese playmaker was signed by East Bengal as he switched forces and went up against the side where he was a firm fan-favorite. “In that season, playing against Mohun Bagan was an unique and exciting experience — something that I really enjoyed. Both clubs are two of the biggest in the country and it is an honour to have represented both,” he pronounced.
Katsumi is currently part of defending Hero I-League champions Chennai City FC. “I am proud to be a part of Chennai City FC. All of us believe in the coach’s philosophy and look to enjoy our game out on the pitch,” he stated. “The management is wonderful, and I am enjoying my time here.”