KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will not be short of motivation when they take on Rainbow Athletic Club in their Calcutta Football League concluding clash on Thursday.
The Black Panthers head into this match after playing a stalemate against the defending champions East Bengal last weekend and would not settle for anything less than a victory at Barasat Stadium.
A blend of youthful exuberance and attacking football finds the Biswajit Bhattacharya-coached side in a comfortable third position in the league table with 14 points from 8 matches. While their opponents Rainbow AC, who made their debut in the top flight of Kolkata football this season, are on fifth with 8 points from 7 matches.
However, the problem for the Black Panthers has been late goals which they have conceded against Calcutta Customs, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal from a dominating position.
“The journey so far has been a magnificent one. Boys showed tremendous heart in every game and I am proud of the team that we have reached this far.” Coach Bhattacharya said reflecting back upon the team’s performance in the league.
“If you take a look at the stats, we have been fairly consistent with our performances. However, a couple of bad days at office ruined your chances of winning the title,” he added.
Although Coach Bhattacharya sounded confident about his team, his respect for the opponents was clear as well, “Rainbow AC have caused a lot of teams a lot of problems throughout the campaign. We will have to be cautious against them.”
On the team news front, Coach Bhattacharya has all the key players at disposal and will line up the strongest squad.
The match against Rainbow AC marks the last match for the likes of Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka, Manvir Singh, Rana Gharami, Shekh Faiaz, Sankar Roy and Dipendu Dowary in Mohammedan SC colors, as all of them are set to leave the the club after CFL for various ISL and I-League Clubs.