PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Kolkata/Mapusa, 5 December
Without a win from five matches and time running out fast for them, a beleaguered Mohun Bagan will face a make or break situation when they face local rivals United SC in a round 12 I-League match here tomorrow.
In United SC, who are four points from the pole position, Mohun Bagan have a stiff opposition, especially when their ace marksman Odafa Okolie is yet to score from three matches, while coach Karim Bencherifa is under pressure to bring a turnaround.
Despite all the backing that Bencherifa has from the club management, the time is running out for the chief coach from Morocco too.
Having released Eric Muranda, Mohun Bagan will hope that the Peerless SC recruit Christopher Chizoba brings some luck with Odafa in the upfront.
Both sides failed to win in the previous round, but they had highly contrasting results as Mohun Bagan were beaten 0-2 at home by debutatnts Rangdajied United, who moved out of the bottom spot.
The result extended Mohun Bagan’s current winless run to five matches and they have managed to score just once in this sequence to be slipped to 11th position in the 13-team table.
Tough test: It was a historic day for Rangdajied United last Sunday, as the Men in Blue from Shillong registered their first ever win in the I-League, beating Mohun Bagan by two goals to nil at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan. With the three points helping Rangdajied move out from the bottom of the table, they will now shift their attention to their home clash against title favorites East Bengal.
The Blues have had a string of positive results in the last few weeks, picking up 6 points from the last four games, with three draws and a win.
The win over Bagan has certainly given the Rangdajied players’ morale a huge lift, and the Blues will hope to pick up their first home league win when they take on Kolkata giants East Bengal, this coming Saturday.
Churchill ready: Buoyed by their first win against Sporting Clube de Goa, defending champions Churchill Brothers would be aiming to keep the momentum going as they face table toppers Bengaluru FC tomorrow in Airtel I-League clash. Churchill Brothers, who won their first match against Sporting Clube de Goa from 10 matches, are placed at the bottom with seven points.
They will be looking once again at their new foreign recruits for a win against the Bangalore side, which presently occupies the top position along with Pune FC with 21 points each.