Kolkata: Mohammedan Sporting Club will be keen to build on their impressive start to the 2015-16 I-League 2nd Division campaign when they host Gangtok Himalayan SC in an Round-2 Eastern Conference encounter at their adopted home in Barasat Municipal Stadium on Saturday, November 21.
Having defeated a strong Guwahati FC side 2-1 a week ago in their earlier fixture, Mohammedan will be riding high on confidense going into the tie but the task on hand won’t be easy for the hosts as the visitors are fresh off an impressive performance in DSK Cup at Pune, where they made into the semifinals and in doing so they have defeated a Bengaluru FC side that contained the likes of Curtis Osano, Kim Seng Yong, Alwyn George and Beikhokhei Beingaichho.
“We began with a win but we can’t be complacent. The league has just started and there is a long way to go therefor we need to remain focussed on the task at hand. The home games are very important and we will go for three points,” said Mohammedan Sporting Coach Subrata Bhattacharya (Junior) in the pre-match press conferece.
“Throughout the week we have worked on our strengths and more on weaknesses. We have less information about our opponents so it makes our job slightly tougher but I have full faith on our team.” added Coach Subrata Bhattcharya (Junior).
For Gangtok Himalayan SC this will be their first apperance in I-League 2nd Division. Babatunde and Samuel are the two foreigners for the Sikkimese outfit and the former United Sikkim lads Karan Atwal, Nima Tamang and Shahenshah Ansari are other prominent features in their roster.
“Mohammedan Sporting are a big club with a glorious past and being as former Mohammedan Sporting player I have a huge amount of respect for them. Though we are very young in the circuit but my team won’t play as underdogs, going into the league we have good preparation and recently we have played the DSK Cup in Pune, where I thought we have done well, so I am confident about my team and looking forward to a good match.” said Gangtok Himalayan FC coach A. Shanta Kumar.
Interestingly, Gangtok Himalayan SC coach A. Shanta Kumar is an former Mohammedan Sporting footballer who plied his trade at Mohammedan from 1991 to 1993.
On the team news front, Mohammedan Sporting will be missing the services of Ajay Singh and Kareem Omolaja. Ajay picked up a red card in last match followed by couple of yellow cards while Kareem has fitness issues. However, the rest of the squad is fit and available for selection.
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