The Dempo SC coach felt his record speaks for itself and also revealed that the club are close to signing Johnny Menyongar
Dempo SC followed up their win against Pailan Arrows with an unconvincing display against Mumbai FC, as the two teams settled to a 0-0 draw.
Dempo coach Armando Colaco, however, was a content man after the game, telling reporters: "I am happy going away with one point. It is an away game and sometimes things don’t go to plan. Our forwards are used to play in a set pattern. While we want to play our usual style but some confidence has been lost after the 5-1 defeat by the hands of Pune, but we will get there soon."
Colaco did not feel his team suffered due to the lack of foreigners in their line-up, with only Koko Sakibo took to the field and the club's other three recruits from abroad missing out due to varying reasons. "I don't think like that. I don't want to hurt the players that are here by talking of those not here," he said.
"While it is always good to have foreigners, it is also not as easy for them to play here as some of them think. If Indian players follow the right diet and work on their physique, I'm sure they could compete against some of the best," Colaco went on to add.
Speaking over the show-cause notice issued to Rohan Ricketts for his outbursts on Twitter, where he singled out Colaco's off the field antics which the Englishman claimed has hurt his spirit, the coach said: "Yes, the management has taken a decision [to suspend him]. I have been with Dempo from the start and have been with three generation of Dempos and they know who I am. So if a guy comes and says rubbish about me, then it is unwarranted. Football should be the winner."
"If one of the senior players had said this, we could have had a discussion. But despite all his talk, aren't we top of the table? Haven't we won it all? Who is Rohan Ricketts to talk about all this? He should have kept his mouth shut and concentrated on his game."
Ricketts claimed that the coach was at the core of the problems he faced and claimed he was not the only player unhappy with the veteran coach.
The Dempo SC coach revealed how affected he was by the statements, and went on to blame the former Arsenal player for trying to create issues within the squad.
"I love football and that keeps me going. I told my chairman I will leave football because of the problems [Ricketts] created, but he said no. He has been the one player who has poisoned the brains of some of the other players. Now we can't satisfy everyone in a big squad and there are some disgruntled elements always there."
Colaco also mentioned that the Goan club are set to release Ghanaian defender Stephen Offei and will be signing striker Johnny Menyongar, who was with Shillong Lajong last season, in his place.
"Offei came from Israel and then he went back to Ghana and did not practice; now he is finding his feet again but we will release him. We are trying to register Menyongar as he suits our style better," said the 59-year old.
On if he would also be looking to find a replacement for Ricketts, Colaco stated: "See we are a company with a budget and in-between the season, we have to go the board, if we need a player. If they approve, great, else we play with what we have."