United Sikkim FC coach Nathan Hall sarcastically applauds the AIFF for a mid-week fixture against Mohun Bagan

The Australian was displeased having to play against the Mariners on Thursday given the number of injuries they have...
United Sikkim FC are left handicapped after Dempo SC drubbed them to a 7-0 defeat in Goa last Saturday, and considering that the Snow Lions have the addition of yet another center-back in Safar Sardar to their unending injury list, Nathan Hall's problems only get worse as they have to face Mohun Bagan on 24 January.

The previous match against Churchill Brothers had seen United Sikkim's Anwar Ali and Linekar Machado sustain injuries, while Budhiram Tudu, Sandesh Jhingan and Michael Rodriguez are also reported to be confined to the treatment table.

"I'm sorry that the Indian federation (AIFF) is giving us a match against Mohun Bagan in three days time in Calcutta (Kolkata) when I've got eight players out injured," complained the United Sikkim coach.

"They (Mohun Bagan) had a two-year ban and now they got a slap on the wrist, a little fine. They are fresh, they've been training for five weeks, they got a full team.
We (USFC) are the ones now who are disadvantaged, when a matter of fact they should be," he lamblasted.

Hall continued: "They (Mohun Bagan) are coming into a match against us where we need all the help that we can get, yet we have eight players out injured and they have a full team. So I want to thank the Indian federation very much (sarcastically) for giving us a match in three days against a team with that much fire-power.

"I'm hoping, fingers crossed, that we can have at least Anwar [Ali] or Sandesh [Jhingan] fit for Mohun Bagan (game). Otherwise it's going to be a tall order. The players will work over-time with the physio and the doctor until Wednesday."

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