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Last-minute shock for Green Valley

Guwahati, Feb. 21: Green Valley Sports Club have suffered a last-minute setback as they were preparing for the second division I-League campaign at Indore from March 9.

Number 13 has struck an unlucky chord for the side as their dependable striker Chayaram Basumatary, who sports the jersey number 13, has left the side to join NF Railway few days back.

When the team was set to board the train on March 3, the team management was left in a tizzy as the mainstay player had sought release from the team’s duty to join the railway team after he was offered a job in Indian Railways.

The nimble-footed striker would still have been available for Green Valley’s duty had the dates not clashed with the inter-railway meet to be held from March 15, said Green Valley SC general secretary Ibocha Singh.

“We are, however, fortunate that we got a replacement in a new Nigerian player, Taiyo Chayo, to share the load with his fellow countryman Michel Lucky Kelechukwu in the forward line,” Singh added.

About the rest of the team’s preparation, Singh said about six Bengal players, including midfielder Lucky Imran, have joined the outfit as reinforcement.

“Imran is gelling well with the team. With his presence in the midfield, Michel has got a shot in the arm as far as supply of ball from the midfield is concerned,” Singh explained.

He said Green Valley would have to take every match seriously and be more cautious against the Calcutta teams — Techno Aryans, Mohammedan Sporting Club and Bhabanipore FC — because they have always enjoyed a psychological edge, being veterans in the field.

Green Valley, coached by Shankar Maitra as the head coach and assisted by Naresh Chetry, are pitted with two other northeastern clubs — Royal Wahingdoh and Aizawl FC — in Group B preliminary round.