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Momentum with Bagan

Calcutta: McDowell Mohun Bagan will look at the morale-boosting 5-1 win against Sporting Clube de Goa in the previous round when they take on Mumbai FC in the rescheduled 14th round match of the I-League at the Kalyani Stadium on Wednesday.

The success of the lethal attacking pair of Okolie Odafe and Tolgay Ozebe — who scored three and two in realising the big win hardly two days ago — is doubling the confidence of their Moroccan coach Karim Bencharifa.

“They always had good understanding and they proved it once again,” Karim said about the two strikers. “We won our last two outings and that has enhanced the confidence of the players. But we have to keep working hard as we are yet to be safely out of the relegation zone,” Karim said at the club ground on Tuesday.

Bagan beat Dempo SC and Sporting Clube and that has given Karim the confidence to look for more. “Our objective will be to stay clear out of the relegation zone and to realise that we need more wins,” Karim said looking of Bagan’s current position.

Bagan, who have been asked to start afresh after being penalised of all 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.

“Our opponents are a strong side and have done well so far. But I would like to focus on our own game and hope to play true to our potential,” Karim said.

Mumbai FC, on the other hand, beat Air India in the previous round after a spate of losses and draws and coach Khalid Jamil banked on the latest success of his team in hoping for a repeat of the positive result.

“Bagan have a good attack with strikers like Odafe and Tolgay. We have a plan in place for them and will try to stick to it,” said Jamil.