Churchill Brothers face Salgaocar FC tomorrow in I-league
Depending on the outcome of Mohammedan Sporting Club's final round encounter against Mumbai FC in Pune today, Churchill Brothers Sports Club will know exactly what they want when they take on the might of Salgaocar Football Club at the Tilak Maidan here in Goa tomorrow.
Churchill Brothers are just a point ahead of Mohammedan Sporting at the bottom of the pool, and going into the final round of matches, either team could be relegated.
In all certainties, Churchill Brothers can ill-afford to not have a positive result but up against Salgaocar FC, who not too long ago were chasing for the title, it will not be easy.
Certainly not easy without Egyptian midfielder Abdelhamid Shabana who was sent off in the last game. Then there is also the case of defender Sanjay Balmuchu who is also nursing an injury.
If there are any positives, it has to be Churchill's win in the AFC Cup clash against New Radiant in Maldives and their subsequent qualification for the AFC Cup pre-quarterfinals.
Coach Mariano Dias fielded a relatively young squad but Churchill still managed to get past New Radiant after being a goal down.
"We are without a few key players for the Salgaocar match. However I have full faith in this team and our boys will go on the pitch tomorrow with the aim to get a victory out of the match," Mariano said in a club statement.
Salgaocar will have little to play apart from targeting the second spot ahead of East Bengal. With Bengaluru FC already walking away with the title, teams like East Bengal and Salgaocar have been left to battle for the crumbs.
Salgaocar can take heart from their first round performance against Churchill Brothers where they walked away with a 1-0 victory, despite the team not being as strong as it is now with the inclusion of Nigerian striker Dudu Omagbemi.
While Salgaocar played an entertaining 3-3 draw against Sporting Clube de Goa in the previous round, Churchill surprisingly lost 0-2 against another relegation threatened side United Sports Club.
(Posted on 28-04-2014)