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Imran’s dig at Colaco

Calcutta: Emerging as one of the key exponents of his team’s stunning win over East Bengal, Imran Khan said Armando Colaco’s comments before the game had spurred Mohammedan Sporting on.

“To an extent, yes His comments definitely fired us up,” the 20-year-old remarked after the game, adding: “I don’t want to get personal with anyone, but I believe we ought to be given the respect we deserve That’s it.”

No wonder Imran was pleased having scored to lead his team to victory over a stronger opposition. “Obviously, it’s a matter of pride if you score in a game of such magnitude,” he said.

The East Bengal coach, too, lauded Mohammedan Sporting instead of criticising his players. “They played well, so they deserve all credit But we created far more chances Am quite pleased with how the juniors played We need to keep encouraging them.”