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Thursday , February 13 , 2014
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Armando is at a loss

Calcutta: Kingfisher East Bengal’s season is going haywire. And coach Armando Colaco and the players are feeling the heat.

Top East Bengal officials had a meeting with Colaco at the club tent on Wednesday afternoon where the side’s performance in the Federation Cup and IFA Shield was discussed.

Speaking to the media, a top club official said: “We have retained most of our players over the past two years. We have one of the best teams in the country. So I fail to understand why we have performed so poorly.

“We will now take a perform or perish policy. The players will need to perform well in the I-League and prove themselves. We have faith in our players and coach and, hopefully, they will deliver to our expectations.”

Colaco accepted the responsibility for the team’s pathetic showing. “We haven’t performed to the best of our abilities. It was a frustrating performance against Dhanmondi… We conceded two silly goals at the start of the match and that really hurt us. The players lost confidence after those two goals and could never recover,” said Colaco.

East Bengal will face United SC for the third place play-off match in the IFA Shield, at the Salt Lake Stadium, on Thursday. The red-and-gold brigade will rest James Moga, Lalrindika Ralte and Robert Lalthlamuana for the match.

“The players are tired and we want to field fresh legs. We want to win the match and finish third. That should boost our confidence before we resume our I-League campaign,” said Colaco.

Gurwinder Singh, Mehtab Hussain and Safar Sardar are likely to play against United SC.