U-20 I-L: Pune FC to clash with USFC
Jamshedpur, Mar 12 : Pune FC has the task of winning points against United Sikkim FC (USFC) in the Under-20 I-League 2013 encounter at the Gopal Stadium, Jamshedpur, on Wednesday.
With the second qualifier from Group-A still undecided, Pune FC (6 points) faces Prayag United SC (4 points) threat. PUSC play the already qualified Salgaocar FC (9 points) in the last match of the group on Wednesday.
Head Youth Development, Ranjan Chowdhury, says, "We will be out to play for a win. It is very vital to dominate USFC and score goals and proceed to the final phase."
While USFC are yet to win a game in the group, the north east side has posed to be a stiff opponent in all matches.
A draw (1-1 v Sporting Clube Goa), before two successive losses; 0-3 (v Salgaocar FC) and 1-2 (v PUSC) has not been the USFC expected. However, with nothing to lose one cannot rule out USFC giving the match their all and walk tall.
Chowdhury warns about complacency and after an pre-match early morning workout at the JRD Complex (Archery ground), declared, "This match for us is a do-or-die situation."
Pune FC ride on the confidence of winning their last match (3-0; SCG), which Chowdhury felt was huge considering the set back they had against Salgaocar FC.
"All players are mentally and physically very fit to give their best for this afternoon match," he adds.
Pune FC has at their disposal a full fit squad for the game on the morrow. Add the much needed two day rest from match situations for the players and the squad is raring for the final onslaught in their title-defence.
While victory over USFC will enable Pune FC finish second and end permutations and combinations. A draw, likewise, will also help Pune FC progress in case PUSC wins against SFC based on the head to head. Pune FC had earlier beaten PUSC 2-1.
Chowdhury adds, "As per expectations the squad I favourites. The players believe they are favourites for the title and we are positive ahead of this game."
The match kicks off at 1.00 pm. --IBNS