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I-League 2020-21: Aizawl FC part ways with Stanley Rozario, appoint Yan Law as new head coach

I-League 2020-21: Aizawl FC part ways with Stanley Rozario, appoint Yan Law as new head coach

Sayan Chatterjee

Published: 20 Jan 2021 6:20 AM GMT

2016-17 I-League champions Aizawl FC have decided to mutually part ways with head coach Stanley Rozario owing to his family commitments. The veteran coach had to leave the bio-secure bubble in Kolkata to attend his daughter’s wedding and the ensuing logistical complications reportedly played a part in the club’s decision. Former Minerva Punjab and Mohammedan SC head coach Yan Law has been appointed to take over the reins from him for the remainder of this season.


60-year-old Rozario has previously helmed affairs at clubs in Kolkata, Goa, Shillong and Kerala amongst other places. He was also the assistant coach of the Indian national team between 2006 and 2008. He took charge of Aizawl in January 2019 when they were 10th in the points table and promptly improved their league position, finishing the campaign at 7th place. The People’s Club also ended up winning their third Mizoram Premier League Trophy in the 2019-20 season.

The appointment of 28-year-old Yan Law to replace him is indicative of the club trying to take a different direction in the new season. Having lost their first game 1-0 against Punjab FC, Aizawl will be looking to bounce back immediately in their match against Gokulam Kerala on Wednesday.

Interestingly, Law might have a point to prove in his new assignment after being sacked by Mohammedan SC last September. He had joined the Kolkata club after a hugely impressive stint with Punjab FC with the objective of taking them to the I-League. However, midway into their qualifying campaign, he was accused by Mohammedan officials of leaking information to his former employer at Punjab, Mr Ranjit Bajaj. An ugly sacking and an FIR later, he headed Himachali club Techtro Swades United for a few months and would now be looking to prove his naysayers wrong at his new club.

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