AFC Cup 2017: Colombo FC's Mohamed Roomy Hasan - Mohun Bagan's strength lies in their attack

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As Colombo FC take on Indian giants Mohun Bagan in the reverse leg of AFC Cup fixture, their boss Mohamed Roomy Hasan discusses about the team's plans

Sri Lankan side Colombo FC travel to face Mohun Bagan in the second leg tie in the 2017 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Cup's South Zone Preliminary Stage match at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday evening.

After having lost the first leg 2-1 at home, a chance of redemption beckons for the debutants in the Asian competition.

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Commenting on the tough contest put up by the Indian outfit, Colombo FC gaffer Mohamed Roomy Hasan described it as a tough battle against Mohun Bagan. Further, he discussed his plans for Tuesday's encounter.

''I have prepared differently and it is a must win situation. I hope to play a more attacking brand of football,'' stated Hasan.

"We need goals to survive in this tournament. We have to press for goals in the earlier stages, say by first 25 minutes. Attack is the only option. We have come prepared. Of course, we are confident. We are positive to pull off a win".

The visitors will miss the services of Nigerian duo, Nasiru Opeyemi and Afeez Olayemi Olofin, revealed the manager. Reasoning about their absence, Roomy explained, ''Momas Yapo will fly in tomorrow morning. (Nasiru) Opeyemi and (Afeez) Olayemi are not playing as their visas have been rejected. It's a big loss for me that I won't have the services of defender Opeyemi as he is a big guy and he is experienced.''

The Colombo boss opined about Bagan's mighty attack terming that the Kolkata outfit's strength lies in their attacking forces upfront.

Further, Hasan mentioned about the difference in climatic conditions back home at Sri Lanka and venue at India. The gaffer claimed that the cold weather has affected the health of a few players. ''It has been a bit difficult to adjust to the climate here. It is colder than Colombo. I conducted a stretching session in the morning but the players were suffering from cold and throat pain,'' he remarked.

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Sony Norde is one of the key players of the hosts and on being quizzed about countering the Haitian, Hasan denied disclosing any strategies. ''It's our plan, right? I cannot give away tactics. We will find out tomorrow.''

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The former Lankan national team player also shared his views about Japanese midfielder Katsumi Yusa as he labelled the 28-year-old as the deadliest man in Bagan's squad. ''I find Katsumi Yusa their most dangerous player. He is an attacker, also a creator,'' reflected Hasan.

Heading into the tie, Hasan believes it would be a boost for football in their homeland, which primarily focuses on Cricket. ''Mohun Bagan are a professional team. We are still on an amateur level. In Sri Lanka, cricket is more famous. So, this is an ideal stage to promote football in Sri Lanka at the club level. Only our three foreigners are professionals. All other domestic players are doing some other jobs and secondarily, playing football,'' he discussed.

Lastly, the visiting side's manager debated about the players knowing their rivals' gameplay. The side is ready to take on the Indian outfit despite the issues, he stated. ''Our boys have got the experience of playing them, so it is a good time to come and play the second leg here. We are confident and well prepared. Even without the foreign players we have to manage. We go into the game as definite underdogs,'' Hasan signed off.