Margao, Nov 25 (UNI) A keen contest is on cards when defending champion Dempo Sports Club lock horns with East Bengal in their tenth round of the ONGC I league football match at the Nehru stadium at Fatorda tomorrow.
Buoyed by two consecutive wins against Chirag United (4-0) and against Mohammedans sporting (2-0), Dempos are in upbeat mood and would certainly be hoping to use home advantage to garner full points against East Bengal.
Dempo Coach Arman Colaco said '' It is a crucial match for us and we need to win to improve our points tally. Boys are combining well and hope to keep their same performance of last two outings and convert their chances into the goals.'' Simultaneously, the coach said his main concern is that key striker Mboyo Iyomi, who did not play in the last two matches due to injury, will be a doubtful starter for tomorrow's match too.
Colaco said East Bengal is a strong team and had also beaten table topppers Sporting club de Goa 3-1.
Dempo, presently placed 5th in the league table with 14 points from nine outings with four wins, two draws and three defeats, had improved their showing with last two comfortable wins.
Nigerian Ranty Martin, who has six goals in his name and Joaquim Abranches in the front, Roberto Mendes Silva (Beto), Climax Lawrence in the middle and Mahesh Gawali in the defence are the key players for the home team.
On the other hand, East Bengal are placed 7th on the league table, are with 12 points from nine outings with three wins, three draws and three defeats, two points behind Dempo with 14 points.
East Bengal coach Stanley Rosario said that Dempo is a good team, and had performed well in the AFC Cup matches and I League recently.
They have couple of talented players and are a well balanced side.
Surkumar, who is injured and Mehtab Hussain who is booked with two yellow cards, will not be in the team tomorrow, the coach added.
East Bengal would be relying on Sunil Chetri, Yakubu Yusif and Sayyed Rahim Nabi, potent strikers, who have three goals each in the I League.
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