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  • • Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Shillong, Meghalaya
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Rangdajied United FC - Sporting Clube de Goa Preview: Martins on fire for the north eastern side

Rangdajied United FC - Sporting Clube de Goa Preview: Martins on fire for the north eastern side

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Oscar Bruzon's side will look to get their campaign back on track as they haven't picked three points for a while...

Rangdajied United host Sporting Clube de Goa in an I-League encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Shillong on Wednesday evening.

The north eastern outfit's fortunes have changed for good since the resumption of the I-League in February. The winter signings of Ranti Martins and Steven Dias have helped the side punch above their weight and get the desired results in order to safeguard their position in next season's I-League.

Ranti Martins has scored in each of the five matches he has featured in for his new side. His clinical finishing has eased their goal scoring woes.

"The win over Salgaocar will give us more confidence because we have a home match next against Sporting Clube de Goa on the 2nd [of April]. With this win, the morale of the boys has gone high," said assistant coach Khlainpyrkhat Syiemlieh.

In their last five matches, they have only lost once and at home, they have won all three outings since February.

On the other hand, Sporting Clube de Goa's form has derided them following their march to the Federation Cup final.

The decision to let go of midfielder Arturo Garcia has come back to haunt the club as they have struggled ever since his exit.

His replacement in striker Martin Ekwueme hasn't settled yet with the team and looks clueless on the field.

They have failed to notch a win in their last six I-League fixtures. Coach Oscar Bruzon has time and again stressed of his side wanting to finish in the top three. However following a string of poor results, he has claimed that their target in fact was to be in the top five.

Sporting are sixth on the table and should they once again not take three points, they could go further down on the standings as their good work in the first half of the season would go wasteful.

Coach Osar Bruzon hasn't had a clue as to why his side aren't performing.

"The boys have been playing very well before the break and it beats me how we have failed to turn up after the Federation Cup. It's bewildering. Most likely I had to chop and change a few players and that might be one of the reasons. But I don't want to give excuses. However our goal was always to be in the top five, not to win the championship and we have done that," said Bruzon.


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