Churchill favourites against Air India

Margao, Jan 17 (PTI) Going by form, former championsChurchill Brothers will be the overwhelming favourites whenthey meet bottom-placed Air India in a tenth round I-Leaguematch, at the Nehru Stadium here tomorrow.

That they thrashed HAL, Bangalore, 3-0 despite missingthe talismanic Odafe Okolie in their last match, says a lotabout Churchill''s strength.

Durga Boro, who combined well in Odafe''s absence alongwith Kayne Vincent, will be looking to keep the momentum goingas the Goans look to improve their position. They arecurrently two points behind second place Salgaocar, with 16points from nine matches.

Zakeer Mundampara has been the inspiration in themidfield, marshalling the area with Lenny Rodrigues and keepthe strikers busy.

He has been supported well on the flanks by Bineesh Balanand Israil Gurung.

Churchill coach Vaithilingam Subramaniam is confident ofa win but cautioned his boys against complacency against ateam whose morale has taken a beating after four defeats.

Win-less Air India, fighting to avoid relegation, arelying at the bottom with five points from nine games.

Air India coach Yusif Ansari admitted that ChurchillBrothers are a strong side and playing against them at home isalways difficult.

"But with Odafe not around we have a good chance to givethem a tough fight and try to collect at least a point if notwin," said Ansari.

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