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Mumbai FC - Salgaocar FC Preview: A must win encounter for both sides

The two teams have lost their opening games and would be keen to amends on Saturday...

By Rahul Bali

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Mumbai FC went down by a solitary goal defeat to Mohun Bagan in their first group C match, while a win on Saturday will keep them in contention to progress to the semi-finals of the Federation Cup.

Khalid Jamil’s side didn’t have a poor outing against Bagan as things could have turned out differently for them had Yusif Yakubu, Henry Ezeh and Ahmad Hatifie been more clinical.

Although some of their players certainly have to rise to the occasion such as NP Pradeep and Ashutosh Mehta. Physically not many teams can win the battle against them as set-pieces works to their advantage – something which they need to start making count.

Meanwhile, Salgaocar FC were thrashed by four goals to nil by Shillong Lajong FC who play Bagan in the earlier fixture of the day.

“We are in the not in the best moment. The goal that we conceded, we shouldn’t have. We didn’t create chances and it played on the players’ minds.

“Mentally we didn’t show our character. We need to pull up our socks against Mumbai FC,” said coach Derrick Pereira.

While the coach may have got his observations correct, the players need to raise their performance if they have any hopes of making it into the final four.

The likes of Matthew Foschini and Chika Wali need to prove their mettle at the back as they were hardly seen putting in tackles in order to half the opposition’s attack.

Salgaaocar do keep the ball for long but fail to create chances. Darryl Duffy too hasn’t been in the best of form and the Scottish striker needs to find his bearings soon.

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13Nidhinlal A.C.Goalkeeper
4Peter CostaDefender
5Anwar AliDefender
25K. MeeteiDefender
15James SinghMidfielder
11Subhash ChakrabortyMidfielder
22P. PradeepMidfielder
2Ahmad HatifieMidfielder
7Nicholas RodriguesMidfielder
14Henry EzehStriker
10Yusif YakubuStriker
1Kunal SawantGoalkeeper
-Sainath SinghMidfielder
8Climax LawrenceMidfielder
12Rohit MirzaStriker
17Kamaljeet KumarDefender
20Jayesh RaneStriker
38Rahul BhekeDefender
1Karanjit SinghGoalkeeper
22Matthew FoschiniDefender
3Augustin FernandesDefender
4Chika WaliDefender
29Clifton DiasMidfielder
37Gilbert OliveiraMidfielder
30Francis FernandesMidfielder
25Rocus LamareMidfielder
23Rahul KumarDefender
43Bikash JairuMidfielder
7Darryl DuffyStriker
21Felix D’SouzaGoalkeeper
6Lenny PereiraDefender
2Fulganco CardozoDefender
8Milagres GonsalvesDefender
19Nicolau Colaco Defender
36Rosario MendesDefender
42Freiman Mauricio PeixotoMidfielder
15Caetan CostaMidfielder
9Marcus MasceranhasStriker
Probable Lineups
Nidhinlal A.C. 13
Peter Costa 4
Anwar Ali 5
K. Meetei 25
James Singh 15
Subhash Chakraborty 11
P. Pradeep 22
Ahmad Hatifie 2
Nicholas Rodrigues 7
Henry Ezeh 14
Yusif Yakubu 10
Karanjit Singh 1
Matthew Foschini 22
Augustin Fernandes 3
Chika Wali 4
Clifton Dias 29
Gilbert Oliveira 37
Francis Fernandes 30
Rocus Lamare 25
Rahul Kumar 23
Bikash Jairu 43
Darryl Duffy 7
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Cornell Glen Cornell Glen
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4 1
Balwant Singh Balwant Singh
4 0
Koko Sakibo Koko Sakibo
Eagles FC
4 0
Victorino Fernandes Victorino Fernandes
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4 0