Defending I-League champions, Dempo were handed their fifth loss in a row by the Pailan Arrows at the Tilak Maidan, Goa on Saturday evening.
The downfall started when they lost to Air India back in February and since then they haven't managed to win a single game.
“I won’t say worse. We really played after going down to ten, one counter attack apart. My team is trying and we keep on trying," said Armando Colaco, the Dempo SC coach.
The former India coach was also left to rue yet another defender being ruled out of the next game with Cresson Antao being the latest on the list with Debabrata Roy, Prathamesh Maulingkar and Mahesh Gawli already on the treatment table.
“Another stopper has gone out and so I don’t know what I’m going to do. That’s the biggest problem a coach faces. I might have to put in a young face," he mentioned.
When asked about how the team was shaping up for the next season, Colaco responded saying, “That’s for the management to decide. There are certain players on contract. We have to keep them at Dempo to carry on. Remember a lot of the young blood have to be brought in. The team is not doing well. Infact they were the good ones but just a blunder against Air India (2-1 defeat in Pune), and then their confidence dropped. So let’s see.”
He admitted that the foreign contingent at Dempo haven't delivered this season and said, "The foreign players did not work well.”
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