The Costa Rican World Cupper has decided to leave East Bengal after spending just a season at the Kolkata club…
Costa Rican central defender Johnny Acosta Zamora confirmed he would not extend his current deal with East Bengal and leave the Red and Golds for pastures new.
The 35-year-old broke the news on his Instagram handle on Tuesday.
Acosta had joined the Kolkata club in July 2018, right after participating in the FIFA World Cup in Russia, where he was a regular starter for Costa Rica. His signing created quite a stir in the Indian transfer market as he was also the first big-name acquisition after investors Quess Corp came on board East Bengal.
The defender lived up to the expectations and became an overnight sensation among the club fans. He made his debut for East Bengal in the Calcutta Football League (CFL) 2018 Kolkata derby. He marked his arrival at the club by scoring a goal against arch-rivals Mohun Bagan.
Acosta went on to play 18 matches in the I-League and created a solid defensive partnership with Spanish central defender Borja Gomez Perez.
At the end of the ongoing season, there were rumours going around that the Costa Rican wpuld not be a part of East Bengal coach Alejandro Menendez’s plans for next season.