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I-League: It’s do or die for Churchill against Dempo

Churchill dropped four points after their draws against HAL and Sporting Clube de Goa to place themselves six points behind leaders Dempo.

It’s do or die for Churchill Brothers when they take on table toppers Dempo in an I-League match at Nehru Stadium Fatorda here tomorrow.

Churchill dropped four points after their draws against HAL and Sporting Clube de Goa to place themselves six points behind leaders Dempo who are on top with 47 points from 22 matches.

But the double win in their last two matches under Technical Director Subhas Bhowmick has given them a hope to stay in the race for the title along with East Bengal (41) and Mohun Bagan (40).

“It’s a must-win situation and my boys know the importance of tomorrow’s match. A win only will keep us in race for the title and my boys are all charged up for tomorrow’s battle,” said Bhowmick.

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“Dempo are in better frame of mind as they are sitting pretty six points above us. So we have to be more mentally prepared. No doubt Dempo are a strong side but I take tomorrow’s match like any other game. I have faced Dempo many times in the past and have won against them.

The twin win in the last couple of matches have put the boys in good shape and hoping they will continue their impressive run tomorrow,” stated Bhowmick,adding he has full squad at his disposal.

Roberto Silva,who has played a key role in Churchill Brothers attack,will have to shoulder most of the burden to keep the attack moving against their rivals’ free flowing midfield.


For Dempo,Ranty Martins,the leading scorer with 26 goals,will be looking to add more goals to his tally. He will be supported by Denzil Teobald along with Climax Lawerence,

Anthony Pereira and Clifford Miranda from behind.

With six points more than their nearest rivals Churchill Brothers and East Bengal at the top,Dempo’s coach Armando Colaco wants to win tomorrow and consolidate the lead further which will help them to take a firm grip towards winning the title for the fifth time.

“It’s a big challenge as both are fighting for the title. I told my boys to play their natural game and not succumb to pressure. We lost against them in the first leg,but this time we want to win and consolidate the lead at the top,” said Colaco.

First published on: 10-04-2012 at 16:37 IST
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