VASCO DA GAMA, GOA: Salgaocar FC are looking to redeem a rather poor season in the recently concluded I-League as they will take on Mohun Bagan in their first leg quarter-final round encounter of the Federation Cup tomorrow at Tialk Maidan.
The Greens having narrowly escaped relegation in the I-League finished the season at 6th spot after suffering 8 losses 4 of which came in the their opening ventures. The Mariners, on the other hand, haven’t had a very satisfying season aswell, as the defending champions lost their crown to Bengaluru FC after being table toppers for the greater part of the league and now looking for a trophy as a means of redemption as well.
Salgaocar, who have won the India’s league cup 4 times the last being in the 2010-11, season now have Mario Soares at the helm of things and he has made it clear that the past will remain in the past.
When asked about the double that the Kolkata outfit had pulled over them in the league Soares brushed it aside saying “It doesn’t matter now, that is a different competition and this is a new beginning, the boys understand this and we will treat it that way.”
“We are positive and we will do our best. The boys are high on tempo. Mohun Bagan is a big side but we need to cash in on the home advantage.” he added further.
Also present the Salgaocar skipper and star striker Darryl Duffy confirmed how the lads were feeling “It’s a fresh start for us. The I-League campaign was very disappointing as we were desperate to finish a lot higher up in the League than what we eventually did. So the Federation Cup is a new opportunity to do well and try and win a Trophy.”
The Goan outfit will be missing the services of their midfielder Gilbert Oliviera as he is unwell.
Similar feelings were expressed by the Mohun Bagan’s head coach Sanjoy Sen as he admitted they are focussed on finishing the season with a Trophy.
“Definitely! We want to win a trophy. Whatever is gone has gone and is in the past now. So our focus is to win this cup. When we started the season as defending champions, expectations were just too high. So at least for our supporters we should try our level best.” Sen said
India International Jeje Lalpekhlua maintained as he backed his coach’s statement “We are disappointed to lose the I-League Trophy and this is our new target to get the Fed Cup for the fans and for the Team.”
The game kicks off on Monday at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco at 04:30 PM.