Odafa Okolie was arguably the worst player on field for Mohun Bagan against United Sports Club last weekend in a goalless draw. The highest paid player for the Mariners has been unfit for most of the season and with the Nigerian refusing to chase or press the opponents when playing, it’s fair to state that they play with ten players with him on field.
“I don't like commenting about the players' performances every day. Their defense also did a very good job and one must give them the due credit,” he said.
Bencherifa mentioned that a couple of refereeing decisions didn’t help his side and the fourth official was in agreement with him.
“This was a fair result. As I had expected, this was a tough match but I wouldn't say we were lucky. I think two of the decisions should have gone in our favour. The first was when Christopher Chizoba was tripped and I think that was a penalty. The other one was when Christopher went on to a one on one position with the goalkeeper, but the referee stopped the game to show a yellow card.
“He could have done that after the action had ended. The fourth official also agreed with me. I talked to the referee and he conceded that he should have played the advantage there. Otherwise it was an equal game,” he explained.
Mohun Bagan have managed to win only five games from the 23 matches played so far and on being asked to explain the reason for the same, Bencherifa stated that he would reply only after their last game against Shillong Lajong.
“This was due to a number of reasons I will only speak about after the last match. We would like to end the season on a high by winning that Shillong game.”