With their maiden Federation Cup title under the belt in their first ever final appearance, Churchill Brothers now shift focus to the I-League
BY ANSELM NORONHA Follow @apnoronha on twitter
Churchill Brothers SC will resume their I-League campaign against Rangdajied United FC who are placed a spot above them, on Tuesday.
The Red Machines coach, Mariano Dias, has commended his team's performance in their Federation Cup triumph which increases the expectation on his side to do well in the league where they are placed at the bottom of the table.
"Everyboody is happy and they (Churchill players) expect more in the I-League. Since they have done well [in the Federation Cup], even the supporters expect more now. So naturally the responsibility is more," Dias told Goal.
Although Christian Lagos wasn't part of Churchill's Federation Cup campaign, the Costa Rican striker has been training with the team regularly and will add teeth to the Goan side's attack alongside former Trinidad & Tobago international Anthony Wolfe and Balwant Singh.
"Everybody is fit and everybody will be available for the game," stated Dias, who also confirmed that the club is making efforts to fill in the slot for the fourth foreigner after Syrian players Yasser Shahen and Naser Al Sebai had been released.
"We are trying to get one more defender - the fourth foreigner - he was supposed to come but there was an issue with his visa. So he's definitely not going be there for the match," he said.
The January transfer window closes on the 16th of this month and Dias is aware of the same.
"Before that (the transfer deadline) he should be here. [If not him] there will be somebody coming - mostly a defender."
"[Abdelhamid] Shabana really did well and, of course, Balwant [Singh] and the entire team. We played with only two foreigners [in the Federation Cup]. It was nice to see the team playing at that level without losing a match.
Being quizzed on Churchill Brothers conceding six goals in the five matches of the Federation Cup, Dias replied, "We have to also take opponents into consideration. They will also try to score. May they be weak or stronger, any opponent will try to put pressure. The important thing was winning every match.
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