MUST-WIN MATCH FOR EB: BHOWMICK
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- Published 9.01.00
Calcutta, Jan. 9 : East Bengal will meet Dempo tomorrow in what the former's coach described as a "must win" match of the Coca-Cola National League. Subhas Bhowmick's title aspirants have seven points from five matches and the men from Goa have only two from five. But the East Bengal coach knows he can't take things lightly. "Now we are under pressure, so their poor record or the match being held at Rabindra Sarobar and not Salt Lake doesn't matter," Bhowmick said. His team will be handicapped in the absence of striker Raman Vijayan (injured) and defensive mainstay Jackson Egygpong (two bookings). Chances of fielding Bijen Singh, by the coach's own admission, too are quite slim. But Bhowmick said it was not the time to rue such things and play positively with whatever resources he has. He didn't say who will play in place of Bijen but chances are, he has to start with Sheikh Sanjeeb, who has been disappointing so far. Dempo, who suffered a 1-7 drubbing against Mahindras in the last match, are here with four Iranians. Two of them have been imported after the Mahindra debacle. The other foreigner in their ranks is Nepali goalkeeper Man Singh. Their Iranian coach Sanjari said his team will go for three points. In other matches, FC Kochin take on JCT in Kochi and Mahindra and Mahindra meet SBT in Mumbai tomorrow.