Mumbai, Nov 28 (UNI) Mahindra United will be looking to garner full points when they take on Churchill Brothers in an I-League match at the Cooperage here tomorrow.
Mahindra, who battled to a draw against Air India in their opening match, need to get full points to stay with the early leaders, while Churchill had a strong start to their I-League campaign beating fellow-Goans Sporting Clube de Goa 3-0.
Mahindra United also have an opportunity to avenge Durand Cup defeat to the Goan outfit. Former National Football League champions Mahindra were beaten by a lone goal scored by Churchill's Nigerian striker Odafe Onkeya Okolie on November 7 and the African is once again a major threat to the Mumbai outfit.
But the Goa league runners-up, quarter finalists in the Federation Cup held in September when Mahindra finished second, are faced with a major handicap due to injuries to central midfielders Fabio Vidal Cortez, Chitrasen Chandam Singh and Mashangva Genius Zenith.
Churchill coach Karim Bencherifa told reporters after the team's practice session today that the midfield trio's absence was a big handicap.
''We have players to fill in for all other positions but not central midfield. We will have to do with what we possess,'' he said.
The Morocco-born coach also showed lot of respect for Mahindras despite the latter having lost a string of players, who did duty for them last season, to other clubs.
''They are the most consistent team this season, after having made it to the final of two major events - the Durand and Federation Cups,'' he pointed out.