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Dempo coach all smiles after draw with Air India

Though the coach admitted that he would have preferred to seal the fate with a win, he brushed aside any talks of the team being under pressure going into the final encounter, reports Abhijeet Kulkarni.

sports Updated: May 07, 2007 15:56 IST

Dempo coach Armando Colaco is considered to be a hard taskmaster. But even he could not avoid a big smile on his face despite his team being held for a draw by Air India.

"The title is almost in our pocket. Only the formalities remain," he told reporters in the post match conference. "We came here with the intension of taking at least a point and we have achieved our aim."

Though Colaco admitted that he would have preferred to seal the fate with a win, the Dempo coach brushed aside any talks of the team being under pressure going into the final encounter. "The last match is in Goa. And we have lost just one match at home that to because of our mistakes. We are confident of winning it."

Dempo take on Mohun Bagan in the final tie on May 18 and even a draw will hand them the title, irrespective of what defending champions Mahindra United does. In fact, they can still go into the last round as champions if Mahindras fail to beat East Bengal on May 12.

Air India coach Bimal Ghosh was also happy with the outcome as it gives his team an outside chance of finishing in the top five. "If we can beat Churchill Brothers in the last match we can do that. And that could be a very good end to our season."