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The 47-year-old stated that Rangdajied United FC will survive in their maiden season in the top division...


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Rangdajied United FC coach Santosh Kashyap praised Churchill Brothers SC whom they face next in a round 16 match of the I-League, on Tuesday.

"Churchill remained unbeaten [in the Federation Cup]. So great credit to them. We respect our opponents and the addition of their two foreign players (Abdelhamid Shabana and Anthony Wolfe) made the difference [for Churchill Brothers], I feel," Kashyap told Goal.

"We (Rangdajied) also did well [in the Federation Cup]. Only striking was the concern in our case. I have worked on it in the last 10 days and we are ready to face them (Churchill). Definitely we will try to get a positive result. Our performance and confidence level is also high now, although a tournament and a league is a completely different ball game."

The coach of the blues of the north east has confirmed that his foreign contingent is fit to start.

"We have Kim [Yong] and Edmar [Figueira] now. So the positive thing is that I will have all my four foreigners. Kim joined late because of some visa problem. Edmar is also fit now after suffering from groin injury. So they will start scoring goals for us and we will move up," he stated.

Manandeep Singh is out for six months because of a Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear, while Eugeneson Lyngdoh is a doubtful starter against Churchill.

Kashyap has however added that, "With the addition of Rehnesh [TP], Sushant [Matthew] and Steven Dias, I think we are a much stronger team in all departments."

He shared his observation on the league table and said,"You can see the table and [observe that] only four teams are above 20 points. There is a eight-point gap between the last nine teams. So with two wins anybody can move up. It's very close for every team. All the matches will be crucial now, because all the teams are playing good football as we saw in the Federation Cup."

The former Mohun Bagan gaffer had earlier stated that Rangdajied United is not meant for relegation, and he reiterated, "I'll take care of this. I know that our team will move up and soon get out from the relegation zone."

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