Calcutta: East Bengal coach Armando Colaco is still trying hard to keep up a brave face. After his team drew with Mumbai FC here on Wednesday, Colaco, who was desperately looking for a win, said: “These things happen. We are still not out of the race.”
However, he did give voice to his frustration saying that the journey is getting tough and the “boys are unable to cope”.
Asked about Ryuji Sueoka’s performance on Wednesday, the coach admitted that he was outstanding.
“I kept him on the bench initially to show what he did after the last match was not correct (referring to Sueoka’s outburst against the coach). But I had made my point, and then brought him in as a substitute. And then, he proved to me that he is a great player,” Colaco said with a smile.
Colaco praised Yusif Yakubu, saying that he admired his commitment. “That is how a player should come back. It was a stunning goal.”
Mumbai FC coach Khalid Jamil too was all praise for Yakubu. “It was a world class goal. Only he could have done that. He was smart enough to read the mind of the goalkeeper and then plan his shot. His good vision and control resulted in the goal.
“It was the best goal of the I-League,” he said.