Calcutta: Mohammedan Sporting received a major boost as they go in with full points in Sunday’s IFA Shield Group II match against Dhanmondi Club, here, at the Salt Lake Stadium.
Sanjoy Sen’s men were held 1-1 in their opener against United Sikkim FC (USFC), but were awarded full points on Saturday as United Sikkim were found to have kept an unregistered foreigner – Ugohukhu Godwill — at their reserve bench during Thursday’s match.
Besides, all three foreigners — Luciano Sabrosa, Penn Orji and Joshimar — are set to be back to bring about some relief to the Mohammedan Sporting camp.
But that said, the players first need to ensure they don’t squander sitters.
“We need to convert the chances. It’s time we make use of the easy opportunities at least. I’m confident my players will deliver tomorrow,” coach Sen said.
Dhanmondi Club, who had arrived with as many as seven overseas players in their 23-man squad, have agreed to the tournament rule that allows only three foreigners in the playing XI.
In another game of the group, Mohun Bagan find themselves under difficult circumstances as they have only 16 fit players available for the game against United Sikkim.
Such is the situation that Bagan have to field the inexperienced Monotosh Ghosh — the only fit goalkeeper available — as both Shilton Paul and Sandip Nandy are nursing injuries. With Okolie Odafa ruled out, onus is on Katsumi Yusa and C.S. Sabeeth to deliver the goods in the upfront. “We can’t risk Odafa now, more so, as the I-League will resume soon.
Meanwhile, there is a possibility that the semi-finals and the final of the competition could be rescheduled.