Injuries and a little controversy has upset the team – Dempo coach Armando Colaco

The Goan coach praised his team’s performance against the Red Lizards but also listed the reason for having an average season so far…

Armando Colaco stated that injuries and discrepancy has come to hurt the side this season as the defending champions are out of the I-League title race.

On being asked as to what was their aim for the rest of the season, he said, “Just carry on with whatever we can do. With so many injuries and so many cards, what else can I hope for? Just motivate the boys and let’s see what happens.”

“There’s no drawing board in the summer. All the players are very good. They play good football (but) because of injury and a little controversy which upset the whole team. Otherwise these players have been with me for so long and they will be with me for another three-to-four years.”

One of the primary reasons for Dempo’s poor display has been a lack of quality foreign players. Rohan Ricketts flopped while Stephen Offei was never afforded a chance at the top level. Ryuiji Sueoka after some brilliant performances in the earlier part of the campaign has been out of action due to an injury. Koko Sakibo too has had an injury ravaged campaign.

“It is, it is a problem. I am happy with the left side today. Nicolau (Borges) plays left wing but played left-back. Selwyn Fernandes played as a stopper while Peter Carvalho from center half has gone to a stopper position. “I’m not disappointed. I’m happy the way boys played. I had a makeshift defence with the exception of Cressan Antao.

“The first one was a boomer, credit to that boy (Sukhwinder Singh) and the second one; of course the goalie (Laxmikant Kattimani) should have come out. If he would have come out, I don’t think Moga would have had a chance to shoot on goal. We had chances but did not make it. Otherwise, I’m sure it was an even game. The difference was the two goals.  I’m happy that after a long time I’m seeing my boys keeping the ball and play. The confidence has come back and so I’m very happy,” he mentioned.

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