Mumbai FC look to break Dempo jinx

Mumbai FC will be looking for their first win of the campaign when they host another side from Goa,Dempo SC,in an I-League 2013-14 round two encounter.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:September 29, 2013 3:14 am

Mumbai FC will be looking for their first win of the campaign when they host another side from Goa,Dempo SC,in an I-League 2013-14 round two encounter at the Balewadi sports complex Saturday.

The hosts go into the game with a positive mindset after their 1-1 draw against Sporting Clube de Goa in their opening round game.

On the other hand,the opponents,Dempo SC come into the game on the back of a 3-0 home loss against Shillong Lajong FC and will be hoping to kickstart their campaign under new coach Arthur Papus with a win.

For Mumbai FC,medio Climax Lawrence and defender Valeriano Rebello will be up against their former team for the first time since joining Mumbai FC. Lawrence along with fellow midfielders Nicholas Rodrigues and Ashutosh Mehta will be pulling the strings in midfield for the hosts with Jayesh Rane and Orok Essien playing upfront. The backline will be led by the central defensive duo of Haroon Amiri and Anwar Ali.

“My attack wasn’t up to the mark in the previous game,but the defense under the leadership of Amiri and Anwar was excellent. Dempo SC is a big match for us and we can only get better and improve from here,” said Jamil.

Dempo SC have made numerous changes to their squad over the summer. The foreign quartet of defenders Simon Colosimo and Shinnosuke Honda,striker Billy Mehmet – who are new arrivals – and playmaker Roberto Mendes da Silva ‘Beto’ who rejoins the club,will form the nucleus of the team. Dempo have also added India internationals,striker Jeje Lalpekhlua and midfielder Jewel Raja Shaikh to their squad while former Mumbai FC forward Gabriel Fernandes will be up against his old team for the first time.

Mumbai FC has never won a game against Dempo SC in twelve encounters so far in all competitions and Coach Jamil is hopeful of a change in scenario at the Balewadi stadium. In the previous season,both encounters among the two teams ended in draws.

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