Calcutta: With less than a week to go for the AFC Cup quarter final match against Semen Padang of Indonesia, East Bengal coach Marcos Falopa is keeping his cards close to his chest.
Asked whether he has zeroed in on his first XI for the crucial match, Falopa said: “Keep guessing... We have a strong squad of 30 good players… If you ask me, everyone has a chance to make the team.
“A young player like Seiminlen Doungel is doing well, equally the experienced Malsawmtluanga is important to the team.” James Moga and Ryuji Sueoka are yet to play a competitive match, but both are expected to be considered for the AFC Cup tie. Falopa, however, made it clear that just being a foreigner doesn’t guarantee a place in the XI.
“Both Moga and Sueoka are returning from injuries… They will have their chance when the right time comes, but they have to be patient.
But being a foreigner doesn’t necessarily mean that he is guaranteed a place in the team. Every aspect has to be considered,” the Brazilian said. He also agreed that his team has to work harder and improve if they want a good result.