Much has been said about the 2 pm kick-off in Kolkata where the teams have had to resort a ‘drinks break’ after every 22 minutes or so as to refresh and replenish their energies.
Karim Bencherifa and Trevor Morgan of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal respectively have voiced their concerns already and now Armando Colaco joined the brigade ahead of their tie against the Mariners on Sunday at the Kalyani Stadium, Kolkata.
“Having the floodlights does help. When we go to Kolkata, we are going play at two o’clock. I don’t know what’s going to happen in 40 Degree Centigrade. So I’m sure if somebody gets sunstroke, I don’t know how they (organisers) will deal with the problem,” the Dempo coach questioned.
Coaches are finding it difficult to train their wards for such games played in intense heat though Arthur Papas of Pailan Arrows had spoken of having a training session in the afternoon.
“Just motivate the boys to keep the ball and play as slow as possible. Here (in Pune) the weather was good hence both the teams’ players could run. But in Kolkata, you have to play your slowest so that you don’t exert and get sunstroke,” Colaco spoke on his approach in contending with the rising temperatures.
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