The Telegraph
Saturday , March 29 , 2014
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Md. Sp. hope to climb up

Calcutta: Two major titles are in their kitty this season and, yet, Mohammedan Sporting find themselves in the danger zone. Despite a formidable squad at their disposal, Mohammedan Sporting have often faltered at seizing the crucial moments. And their inconsistency continues to surprise everyone.

Disappointing results in the coming matches could go on to confirm their relegation from the I-League, as they languish at the bottom of the table with just 17 points from 19 matches so far. It’s high time Mohammedan Sporting get their act together.

Full points against United SC, who they cross swords with on Saturday at the Kalyani Stadium, will certainly let Sanjay Sen’s men breathe a little easier and get ready for tougher challenges. Otherwise, it could all be too late.

Considering the gravity of the situation, club officials too had a session with the players, after Friday’s practice session, at the Salt Lake Stadium, urging them to bring out their best and do justice to their abilities.

“It’s a must-win tie for us, no doubt about that. It’s disappointing that we haven’t been able to play up to expectations in this I-League inspite of having a good squad. Nevertheless, I have faith in the players who are confident of dispelling relegation fears.

“If we go on to get 26 points, I feel we should be on the safe zone,” coach Sen said.

Injuries to key players, though, continue being a concern for Mohammedan Sporting with Joshimar, Luciano Sabrosa and Syed Rahim Nabi being doubtful starters.

Talking about United SC, they might well be three rungs above Mohammedan Sporting at No. 10 in the standings. But it’s been months since they had last won a game in this I-League.