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Mumbai FC take on upbeat Bagan

Khalid Jamil's boys take on the Kolkata giants in a rescheduled 14th round I-League tie.

Khalid Jamil’s boys take on the Kolkata giants in a rescheduled 14th round I-League tie.

An upbeat Mohun Bagan will look to continue their winning run when they take on Mumbai FC in a rescheduled 14th round match of the I-League at the Kalyani Stadium on Wednesday.

Bagan thrashed Sporting Clube de Goa 5-1 in an away match in the previous round as the success of Odafa Okolie and Tolgay Ozbey -– who scored a hat-trick and twice respectively two days ago -– is doubling the confidence of their Moroccan coach Karim Bencherifa. “They always had good understanding and that has been proved once again,” Bencherifa said about the two strikers.

Bagan have won two out of two — Dempo and SCG — in as many outings as they look confident to avoid relegation. “But we have to keep working hard as we are yet to be safely out of the relegation zone,” Bencherifa said. “Our objective will be to clear out of the relegation zone and to realise that we need more good wins,” the coach said.

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Bagan,who were penalised and docked off their points earned in the first 10 rounds,are placed 13th with 16 points from 19 matches while Mumbai FC are sixth with 30 points from 22 rounds. Mumbai FC beat Air India in the previous round after a spate of losses and draws and coach Khalid Jamil is banking on the latest success of his team to come good against Bagan tomorrow.

“Bagan have the home advantage and are a strong side but we hope to continue with the momentum and give a good fight to our opponents,” Mumbai FC coach Jamil said.