Preview: AFC Cup 2017 - Mohun Bagan take on Colombo FC

Mohun Bagan take on Colombo FC in the first leg of the AFC Cup 2017 preliminary round.

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Colombo, Jan 30: Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan will take of Sri Lankan champions Colombo FC in a crucial AFC Cup preliminary stage match here on Tuesday, January 31.

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Bagan will be without their two foreigners Sony Norde and Eduardo Ferreira who were rested because of injuries.

From left: Mohun Bagan coach Sanjay Sen and captain Shilton Paul (Image courtesy: Mohun Bagan Twitter handle)

Coach Sanjoy Sen said he is cautious about the away game as he doesn't have too much information about the opposition.

"I don't have much knowledge about the opposition. I tried to have some idea about them by watching few of their clips on YouTube. But we have a very strong team and we are ready," Sen said on Monday.

Norde has been instrumental in Bagan's success so far and Sen was asked whether his absence in the international fixture would be a factor.

"For me all players have equal value in my side. Sony's presence definitely helps our side to be strong. But we will play cautiously as we still have the home leg remaining in this clash.

"Sony played the whole game against DSK Shivajians (in I-League). Could he alone help us to win the game? He couldn't. I believe in team game and all players are equal to me."

Mohun Bagan are presently in the second spot in I-League with 132 points from five matches.

Their opposition Colombo FC are the reigning Sri Lanka Premier League champions and have won their Football Association (FA) Cup Championship defeating Blue Star SC 1-0 in the final.

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