Mumbai FC is ready to take on the big boys: Booth

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Mumbai, Sep 23 (UNI) Mumbai FC coach David Booth is confident that his boys will prove to be tough contenders when the second edition of the I-League gets underway on Friday.

''Our team might be new but the boys know what it is in I-League.

We have some four-five players who has in the past represented Kolkata clubs. So adapting to the situation won't be a factor,'' Booth said.

Mumbai FC, who topped Group B in the second division I-League last season, will have a baptism of fire on their debut in the top division.

They will clash with former champions Mohun Bagan on September 27 before taking on East Bengal the very next day.

However, the Englishman is not worried and believes that his wards will punch above their weight.

''We might be new in the league, but that does not mean we'll be easy opponents. We have some good young and experienced players and it's a challenge for them. Not the survival but winning as many matches as we can would be on our mind,'' Booth said.

The Mumbai outfit has some experienced players in its ranks with Noel Wilson, Koluthangan, Subhas Chakraborty and Amit Nandy having represented Kolkata clubs in the past.

They also boast of some quality foreign recruits. Their most recent signing, Ghanian striker Abel Hammond has played in the junior Serie A, and is expected to form an effective partnership with Felix Aboagye and Abhishek Yadav upfront.


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