Thursday treats us with a Goan derby as Churchill take on Sporting at the Duler Stadium, Goa...
“It’s going to be a tough match against the in-form Sporting Clube de Goa, who are playing well at the moment. We lacked finishing in most of our earlier matches, which saw too many draws. But the way our team played in their last match against Mohammed Sporting and with the new signing of the foreigners, I have a feeling we stand a good chance to carve our first win,” Mariano Dias said.
The Red Machines have parted ways with their foreign players and have roped in Syrian duo of Yaser Shahen (striker), Naser Al Sebai (defender) and Egyptian Abdelhamid Shabana (midfielder. They will pin their hopes on the new Asian signings to start delivering good performances right from the onset as the club is in dire state.
Churchill technical director Subhash Bhowmick, however, believes the string of poor results will soon be behind them.
“These players are really good. I am sure that the team you see from now onwards will be completely different. This is a much better team with much better players,” said Bhowmick.
“We have tried a few things and it’s time now to win the results. Sporting Clube is a team that I have great respect and their coach is among my favourites in the country,” said Bhowmick.
Sporting Clube de Goa have been playing a possession based football game this season under the tutelage of Oscar Bruzon. Dawson Fernandes is still nursing an injury and Boima Karpeh would hope to find his scoring boots. Midfielders Stephene Barreto, Joseph Pereira and Mackroy Peixoto are doubtful starters.
"I think they (Churchill Brothers) were missing the good work of Subhash Bhowmick. I also heard that they were facing different problems during the pre-season," said Bruzon.
"Our plan is giving a good Goan derby to the spectators. We want to have control of the game for as many minutes possible. If we do that, good result will follow automatically," he added.
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