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EB have a battle on hand

Margao: Churchill Brothers will hold no grudge against Kingfisher East Bengal when they lock horns in a crucial sixth round I-League clash at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on Saturday.

Churchill have been one of the most impressive teams all through the season but up against the might of East Bengal in the Federation Cup semi-finals, Churchill came a cropper. East Bengal went on to win the Federation Cup, while Churchill were left to lick their wounds.

“This is not a revenge match. There is no grudge against East Bengal,” said Churchill technical director Subhas Bhowmick.

“I must say this is a very important match since both teams are contenders for the title.

“We cannot afford to gift them points and three points, which we are aiming, will hold us in good stead. It is imperative that we stay positive,” said Bhowmick.

After their opening day loss against Dempo, Churchill have come back strongly, winning all of their next four matches.

It is the last two matches against Pune FC and Salgaocar Sports Club that has convinced Bhowmick his team is on the right track.

“In both these games, we fought till the end and got the desired results. The goals came very late but they were all deserving. “I am pleased with the way my boys are fighting on the field,” said Bhowmick, who will field a full-strength squad on Saturday.

East Bengal will be without injured goalkeeper Abhijit Mondal but coach Trevor James Morgan will not have much to worry with the team composition since India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has often proved to be a safe bet.

Morgan, though, should be worried about his team’s record in Goa where they have not been all that convincing. (Agencies)