The north eastern club will play their last 'home' game of the season on Sunday and look to enthrall their supporters with a top performance...
Shillong Lajong will play Mumbai FC in an important round 23 I-League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong.
A win for the Reds, will see them climb to third place in the I-League standings provided Sporting Clube de Goa do not win their tie against East Bengal and coach Thangboi Singto knows that Mumbai FC cannot be taken lightly as an opponent.
“We faced Mumbai FC this year during the Federation Cup group stage and registered a 4-0 win. That was a good win but this is a new challenge and it will be a difficult game for us. But as professionals we should maintain consistency," he said.
Going into the match, the hosts will be banking heavily on the attacking duo of Trinidad and Tobago striker Cornell Glenn along with Brazilian Uilliams Souza. The duo has contributed 17 out of Lajong’s 28 goals this season.
They will be on a high after dispatching league leaders Bengaluru FC 3-0 at home in the last game with Glenn scoring a brace.
On the other hand, Mumbai FC come into the game after coming from behind to hold Kolkata giants East Bengal to a 2-2 draw; something coach Khalid Jamil was happy about.
Jamil was happy to see veteran striker Yusif Yakubu getting on the score sheet in back-to-back games and will look to him to get his side out of the clutches of relegation.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference the Mumbai coach said, “This season we have changed many players and it has affected the team which has led to a bad campaign.
“I used to be very relaxed in the previous seasons to play against Lajong. But this season we have to be in power to beat them. I am immensely impressed with Thangboi (Singto) and the entire team and to beat them in their home ground will be very difficult.”
This will be the third time both teams face off this season. Back in October, Lajong ran out 3-2 winners in I-League at Pune, before another 4-0 win over Mumbai FC in the Federation Cup at Kochi in January. With Lajong winning the both games, Mumbai FC will certainly want to seek revenge against their opponents on Sunday.