Shillong, Jul 29: Alison Kharsyntiew has joined Mohammedan Sporting’s reserve team as head coach as well as “custodian” of the club’s youth development programme.

This was revealed by the club on social media yesterday, with Kharsyntiew present in Kolkata to meet his new charges.

Mohammedan are an I-League club but can also be hard to please – many a coach has been booted out quickly if performances don’t match expectations.

“I’m excited to join the team and will use my experience to nurture and develop youth who can contribute to the legacy that this institution holds in the coming years,” Kharsyntiew was quoted by the club as saying of his new appointment.

Kharsyntiew comes to Kolkata after a stint at the Sports Authority of India as a coach/technical director, which he joined in the first half of last year.

Before that, he was assistant manager of NorthEast United FC in the Indian Super League. He joined the Highlanders’ set-up in December 2020. The team reached the semifinals of the 2020-21 edition but were second from the bottom a year later.

Kharsyntiew was most well known, locally at least, from his time at Shillong Lajong FC, where he has coached youth teams all the way up to the I-League outfit.

While with Lajong he passed the AFC A Licence course in 2019.

(Mohammedan Sporting photo)

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