Calcutta: Things were really getting awry for Mohammedan Sporting before the thumping 3-0 win over debutants Rangdajied United FC brought them back on track in the ongoing I-League.
The standings may well say that Mohammedan Sporting are still lying low at the 11th spot. But the away win has instilled some confidence in Abdul Aziz Moshood’s men who face a formidable United SC, here, at the Salt Lake Stadium, on Thursday.
The club has also signed up Syed Rahim Nabi, Ishfaq Ahmed, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Manish Maithani and the likes that had registered for the IMG-R league. Though Nabi was present during Wednesday’s training session, he won’t be playing the match on Thursday as he’s still nursing a sore hamstring.
Ishfaq and Mehrajuddin, both of whom signed on Wednesday, are doubtful as well. Similar is the case with Luciano Sabrosa and Penn Orji, even though the coach said all the foreigners are available for selection.
Mohammedan Sporting, for sure, would want star striker Tolgay Ozebe to deliver in this big game.
Moshood’s counterpart Eelco Schattorie was spontaneous enough to take a dig at Mohammedan Sporting’s latest acquisitions. “It only suggests their recruitment wasn’t good earlier and they are panicking,” remarked the Dutchman, who will be back in the team dugout after serving a two-match suspension.
Taking into account the presence of a quality player in Ranty Martins and the efficient Eric Brown, with the reliable Bello Rasaq in the heart of the defence, United SC have a far more balanced look despite all hassles since the pre-season days.
Office duty of five of their players — Mohammed Rafique, Souvik Chakraborty, Ishan Debnath, Sangram Mukherjee and Snehasish Chakraborty — is an issue that irks Schattorie.