Karim Bencherifa defends Odafa, highlights the plight of Torres at Chelsea

The Moroccan coach remained defiant following the 0-0 stalemate at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata against Mohammedan Sporting…

Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting’s poor finishing in front of goal was on display in the 0-0 draw in round eleven of the I-League on Wednesday.   

It was the Mariners who had the bulk of the opportunities but failed to capitalize on them. Bencherifa pointed towards the tight schedule as his side had to play on Wednesday less than 72 hours after the derby against East Bengal.

“We didn't win. Of course we are disappointed. We are supposed to win every game. It is not easy to play two derbies in three days. These players are not robots or machines. The best example is Shouvik (Ghosh) mis-passing to Josimar towards the end. Mohammedan have a formidable side with their new recruits.

“The work rate of both teams was very high. There were high flying tackles and hardly any space. It was a very good game. But I could see in the boys their willingness to fight and get a positive result in the next game. . The way we created chances is very encouraging.” 

Questions were asked of Odafa Okolie who missed as many as four chances in the first half itself which could have put his team in the driver’s seat.

As long as I am in the club and I am with the players I will die with them. They are working very hard in training. A guy like Torres at Chelsea takes millions of dollars and what does he give. Rather than comment about him (Odafa), he will get my support as long as we are together. After that, good luck. Odafa is dejected that the team could not win today. He needs is a goal under his belt. I don’t see any player who does not want to win.”


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