CFL 2018/19: Bagan aim for maximum against relegation-threatened FCI2 min read
KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan will look to return to winning ways after their derby stalemate when they face Food Corporation of India (FCI) in an Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ clash at Mohun Bagan ground on Wednesday.
The Mariners were held to a goalless draw against arch-rivals East Bengal in their previous fixture despite taking a 2-0 lead as lapsed concentration by goalkeeper Shilton Paul had proved costly.
Though Mohun Bagan are currently leading the log standings with 20 points from 8 matches but they are separated with second-placed East Bengal by only difference in goals scored.
The highlight for Mohun Bagan so far has been the superb form of Aser Dipanda Dicka who is the leading goal scorer in the league with seven goals.
Although the Cameroonian failed to found the target against East Bengal but coach Sankarlal Chakraborty is confident that the striker will rediscover his good form against FCI with the title race approaching boiling point.
“We have put the Kolkata derby behind us and the lads are ready and raring to face FCI,” Chakraborty said. “We cannot afford to drop any points at this pivotal stage of the league.”
“We are working on areas where we need to improve on defensively and in attack. We need to approach every match with unity and team work. The aim should be to do well in the remaining matches,” said.
The gaffer expects the team to keep the fighting spirit going full on with positive attitude as he knows Marines cannot afford a slip up and they will no doubt settle for no less than maximum points, with just three matches remaining in their league campaign.
FCI, on the other hand, come into the match on the back off a 1-1 draw with Calcutta Customs. They are at 11th spot with a mere 3 points from 7 outings and will be desperate for a win as and another defeat would take them a step closer to relegation.