Bagan dashes off letter to AIFF for restraining Churchill

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Kolkata, Nov 8 (UNI) The situation is hotting up before Mohun Bagan's taking on Churchill Brothers here tomorrow as the former dashed off a letter to the AIFF for restraining the Goa outfit from blaming refereeing.

Bagan yesterday shot the letter to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) as Churchill Brothers reportedly blamed the central referee for its 3-3 drawn match against Dempo on October 31.

Bagan said their next opponent was trying to create a fear-psychosis among the judges, which might affect fair play in the national league.

Churchill's Serbian coach Zoran Djordjevic said his boys would make their trip a memorable one this time whatsoever comes in the way.

Churchill with 12 points from six games, three adrift to leaders Sporting Clube de Goa, had to return with only one point in previous away match here against debutant United SC 0-0.

The Goa side will miss their regular fullback Govin Singh for his automatic suspension after two yellow cards he received in previous games and Barundev Singh might take his place against Bagan.

Bagan's main striker Jose Ramirez Barreto would also miss Charchill match for a match suspension and his place would be taken by Mizoram's Lalampuiya to combine with Baichung Bhutia.

For Karim Bencherifia Charchill, the match is a bit prestigious game as he once coached the side. He said the Goa outfit has quality players with Okolie Odafa and Chimaokwu Felix. Okolie, who was top scorer with 22 goals in the last edition, is heading the scorer list with nine goals, including a hattrick, of Churchills' total 13 goals.

''I have no specific plan for the two players as I told my boys to play their natural game and ensure a win. I am bit optimistic of our victory against Churchill after our win over another Goa outfit Dempo in last match, '' Bencherifa said.

Former champions Bagan have a long way to go in the 12-team competiton to stave of an imminent threat of relegation as they collected only six poitns from as many games with two defeats, three draws and only a win.


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