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Hopes rest on Odafe

Calcutta: Going by their form, Mohun Bagan will start as firm favourites when they take on Mohammedan Sporting in a Calcutta Football League Premier Division Super Nine match at the Kalyani Stadium on Saturday.

Bagan have been unbeaten for the last nine matches and will be eager to continue their good run. However what remains a concern for the team is the unavailability of some players.

While Nirmal Chetri, Syed Rahim Nabi and Jewel Raja are busy in national duty, Arindam Bhattacharya, Snehashish Chakraborty, Denson Devadas, and Sushanth Mathew are uncertain because of injuries.

But coach Karim Bencharifa put up a brave face, saying they have enough resources to pull off a win. “There is no point thinking who is available and who is not… We will have to play with whatever resources we have… We are confident of a good show,” said Karim.

Under the circumstances, the onus will lie on Nigerian striker Okolie Odafe to steer the team to victory.

Mohammedan Sporting, on the other hand, will hope to start afresh under new coach Sanjoy Sen. Their aim will be to notch up a win before they start their I-League second division campaign on March 9 at Indore.

Mohammedan Sporting will miss their Korean midfielder Wee Hyo-Jun due to injury. For the record, Mohammedan Sporting rode on the Korean’s goal to defeat Bagan in their last meeting.

It remains to be seen whether Bagan can avenge their loss to Mohammedan Sporting this time around.