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Following an inspiring victory against Bengaluru FC last weekend, the onus will be on Rangdajied United to produce another emphatic performance when they take on Kolkata’s United SC on Sunday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Shillong.
Although they haven’t managed to register back-to-back victories this term, their form at home has been decent. They have won twice, drawn on four occasions and only East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting have managed to win from the away trips to Shillong.
“The challenge from here on is that you have to work a little harder. You could see that we still need to work on a lot of areas. We need to work especially on our fitness levels,” said coach Hering Shangpliang who started his stint with a victory last weekend.
Ranti Martins and Steven Dias starred for the north eastern brigade in the last outing and fans would hope to see more of the same in the last few games they have at home. The good news is that midfielder Yohei Iwasaki has recovered in time to start for the tie.
Meanwhile United SC have drawn a lot of matches this season, especially away from home (5). They are coming on the back of draws against Shillong Lajong and Mumbai FC where they lead only to concede late goals.
“I have not seen Rangdajied United play much. We have to manage as per the match goes. The evening kick-off is not a concern for us,” said technical director Subrata Bhattacharya.
Eric Brown is the primary creative outlet with the likes of Baldeep Singh and new recruit Waheed Adekunle are expected to score.
An intriguing encounter beckons in Shillong this evening.
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