Kolkata, May 23 (IANS) Riding on their Nigerian firepower, East Bengal made a hattrick of Kolkata premier division soccer league titles with a 3-2 win over arch-rivals Mohun Bagan here Thursday.
Nigerian Edeh Chidi scored a double, while his compatriot Penn Orji netted once for the winners who lifted the coveted title for the 34th time.
Okolie Odafa, another Nigerian, and Australian-Turkish player Tolgey Ozbey found the mark for Mohun Bagan before a large crowd at the Salt Lake stadium.
East Bengal led 2-1 at half time.
The red and yellow brigade went ahead in the 23rd minute when Chidi latched on to a Penn pass, and scored on his second attempt after the first shot was deflected by Bagan goalkeeper Shilton Paul.
East Bengal doubled the lead four minutes later through Penn but Mohun Bagan reduced the margin a little later.
Crossing over, East Bengal got an insurance strike in the 71st minute, courtesy Odafa, before Tolgey made the scoreline 3-2 in injury time.