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No interpreter available, EB call off Acosta unveiling

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

East Bengal's much-anticipated first formal interaction with Costa Rican World Cupper turned out to be a farce and was called off today because of non availability of an

East announced that speaks "only Spanish" but their professionalism was exposed soon as the club had forgotten to arrange an

The room was crowded with 50-plus media persons, all wanting to ask questions on the defender who rubbed shoulders with the likes of Neymar and during the recent in

The 35-year-old defender, who featured in all three group matches of in the World Cup, tried his best taking the help of Translate, the widely used tool that instantly translates phrases and words.

But all his efforts went in vain as there was no

East officials tried to shift the interaction to another room with better connectivity but only to be left more embarrassed.

"We will have the interaction later," said an and the 50-odd anxious had to leave dejected.

The club, meanwhile, revealed that would don jersey number 2, the same number that he wore for the national side in the recently concluded

Acosta, who played for Colombian league side Rionegro until the World Cup, landed here on August 6 and also watched East Bengal's local league match against

"After the World Cup, I have had regular gym sessions to keep myself fit. I'm a If the wants me, I'm ready to play. I'm raring to go in East jersey," he had said after the arrival.

"I'm glad to be part of Indian football. It's a new challenge for me. I've heard a lot about from my agent and other friends. Hopefully, I'll be able to help my team win trophies," he said.

Acosta, with 71 International matches for Costa Rica, was impressive against Neymar's Brazil, who required two stoppage-time goals from and Neymar to beat them 2-0.

He was also part of Costa Rica's team in

Acosta had sought advice from his friend and former Costa Rican World Cupper Alexandre Guimaraes, who has been in charge of FC since 2016, before coming to

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 21:35 IST