Salgaocar look to move out of rut
Precariously placed at the second-last spot with six points from 10 matches, Salgaocar Football Club will be hoping to grab full points and move out the rut as they take on bottom placed ONGC in an 11th round I-League match at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on Friday, at 4 p.m.
Both Salgaocar and ONGC will aim to resurrect themselves when they clash on Friday. The Goan team have just six points and are at a high risk of being relegated.
“We know we have to perform. We are going all-out for a win because we are tired of losing every game,” said Peter Valles, technical director of Salgaocar. “This is an important match for us. We need to make a comeback. The past is past, whatever setbacks in the previous matches should be left behind. We must now work on the present situation,” he added.
Central defender Brazilian Luciano Sabrosa is doubtful as he suffered an injury in the practice session. Australian striker Sean Rooney has been dropped from the team. Wingback Nicolau Colaco will return to the squad after serving his one match suspension. Midfielder Francis Fernandes has recovered from injury but the final decision on who will figure in the playing 18 will be taken on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, ONGC too have several worries. Midfielder Jatin Singh Bisht, forward Tariq Ahmed and Kailash Patil will miss the important encounter due to injuries. “We are struggling with injuries to some key players but we need to win tomorrow after dropping points in the last few matches,” stated ONGC coach Subrata Bhattacharya.
“Tomorrow is a do-or-die match for both teams,” said Bhattacharya. “Both are fighting to avoid being relegated,” concluded Bhattacharya. He also ruled out any advantage over Salgaocar who are in sort of transition mode after the appointment of English coach David Booth. [H]