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REVAMPED RED MACHINES EYE FIRST POINTS

Vasco: After a miserable start in the I-league, losing all their five matches, Churchill Brothers Football Club will look to begin the 2018 on a positive note as they face East Bengal at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Monday.The only Goan team in the league are currently languishing at the bottom of the table and are yet to open their account. Nothing has worked for the Red Machines, who sacked their coach Mykola Shevcheko after losing their first three matches. The decision, however, did not change their fortune as they kept on losing but assistant coach Alfred Fernandes is determined that his team will do well in the New year.Churchill have signed three Indian players — two from Pune FC (Wayne Vaz, Pawan Kumar) and one from FC Goa (Jovel Martins) besides roping in striker from Ivory coast Koffi Mechac.
Mechac is likely to play tomorrow along with Wayne Vaz and Jovel Martins.Koffi, who last played for Al-Feiha FC in the Saudi First Division, has given a good account of himself. He was the top goal scorer in the Oman League scoring 19 goals for Al Nasr.“We are happy with the arrival of Koffe, we are impressed with him when he came over. His training sessions were good. He fits in the team. He will deliver us the goal,” said Alfred.Alfred believes the revamped squad will help them to get back on track and save the Red Machines season.“We just need a win and things will fall in line. Tomorrow is a big challenge for us as we take on confident looking East Bengal who are at the top of the table and are looking to consolidate their position,” Alfred said.
“We have worked out strategy to halt their winning run and hopefully it work as we play for our first win in front of our home crowd,” said Alfred.Hussein Eldor (Lebanon), Bektur Talgat (Kyrgyzstan), Cisse Gwada (Gambia) are the other three foreign players to join the team once the international transfer market opens.East Bengal is sitting pretty at the top of the table with 16 points and coach Khalid Jamil said his team will look for their sixth win on Monday.“Every team in this tournament is good and we cannot under estimate Churchill Brothers even though they are at the bottom of the table without a point,” Jamil said.“They gave us tough fight for us at home and it’s always tough to beat them on their home ground. It’s going to be a close fight and whichever team make less mistake will win.” Match begins at 8 p.m. [H]

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