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Colaco unwell

Calcutta: In what can be termed pretty unusual, East Bengal had to hand over a medical certificate from the team doctor to the match commissioner in order to justify the illness of coach Armando Colaco, who couldn’t attend the post-match media conference.

But these matters, though, won’t be of much bother for East Bengal, considering the end result of Sunday’s I-League tie against Sporting Clube de Goa, which should help Colaco recover quickly.

East Bengal assistant coach Ranjan Chowdhury, who replaced Colaco at the media conference, said: “What matters is the end result… There’s no doubt that it was a vital win, more so because we failed to win our previous game. I’m confident we’ll end the season on a good note. The boys are fighting hard and that is a good sign. That’s what matters.”

East Bengal players Baljit Singh Sahni and Lalrindika Ralte, too, believe their team is on the track. “Good that we won today, but we must ensure we stop making minor mistakes,” stressed Ralte. “I got a chance to score and did exactly what was required… I just hope to carry on the good work in the coming matches,” said Baljit.