Sporting Clube play their first away IL in Kolkata's debutant

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Kolkata, Oct 31 (UNI) Sitting pretty atop the table with twelve points from five games, all from home plays, Sporting Clube de Goa's Indian Leauge campaign in away match begins with an unpredictable United SC at the sixth round at KBK here tomorrow.

Coach Vishwas Gaonkar today said whether they play at home or elsewhere, his purpose of visit to this city was to play soccer and win.

Barring the 0-3 loss at Churchill Brothers, Sporting have an enviable track record till the end of fifth round beating Vasco, Mohammedan Sporting, Mohun Bagan and Mumbai FC.

Gaonkar said he would miss M Fernandez because of automatic suspension for two yellow cards, but other boys were eager to meet United. With in-form Nigerian Junior Elijah, already scored four goals of team's total seven, Wilton Gomes and W Amos have also the capability to take side any height of sport.

Debutant United have already proved their worth under coaching of former India-international Subrata Bhattacharjee. They held Churchill Brothers 0-0, played 0-0 with JCT and beat Mahindra United 3-1 to collect hard earned five points from as many plays.

After 3-1 thrashing at East Bengal in the opener, Bhattacharjee gradually tuned up his boys to play big games and earn points as seen in the subsequent plays before the 0-1 loss to Air India at TBC.

Bhattacharjee said his first priority was to have a point and if opportunity came to go for goals for full points.

'' My boys are in low profile players but they play with big hearts'', Bhattacharjee said adding only Junior Elijah was to be marked tomorrow.

With Mutala Ali, Louise Ebami and Daniel Ayeni, all three foreigners, United have good balanced side and will go against Goa tomorrow with a psychological advantage as they have defeated a side, who beat Gaonkar's men.


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