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Aizawl FC host East Bengal in I-League, look to spoil Khalid Jamil’s homecoming

Aizawl FC will look to spoil Khalid Jamil’s homecoming when East Bengal arrive in town for a game in the I-League

football Updated: Jan 15, 2018 23:56 IST
Press Trust of India
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Khalid Jamil will hope to get one over his former side when East Bengal take on Aizawl FC in an I-League game in Aizawl.(AIFF)

Defending champions Aizawl FC will have their task cut out as they take on a strong East Bengal in the I-League here tomorrow.

It will be homecoming for East Bengal coach Khalid Jamil, Lalramchullova, Brandon Vanlalremdika, Laldanmawia and Syrian midfield maestro Mahmoud Al-Amna who were an integral part of Aizawl FC’s title-winning campaign last year.

The I-League title has always eluded the visitors and if they are to remain in the hunt they will need nothing but 3 points.

The Red and Gold trail league leaders Minerva Punjab by four points after nine games and if Khalid and his boys want to stay close to the title they will have to play their hearts out in front of Aizawl’s Red Army who will sing till the final whistle stops the game.

On being asked if Aizawl are a weaker team after he left for greener pastures, Khalid replied, “No, they are a strong team. All the players are really good and in my opinion, they are a better team than last season. We must work really hard and give our absolute best for tomorrow’s match.

“Aizawl is a really nice place, nice weather. I expect a warm reception from the fans,” he added.

East Bengal have scored 17 goals in nine matches and they are the best when it comes to scoring goals. Trinidadian forward Willis Plaza has scored only two goals but is confident that he will add more to the team goal tally.

He stated, “I am 100 fit for tomorrow’s match and I am confident in my game.”

On being asked if East Bengal will have an advantage tomorrow, Aizawl coach Paulo Menezes replied, “No, I don’t think they will have an advantage over us. The last time we played we didn’t have a proper pre-season and that results in our game but this time it will be different. We will be playing for the three points like last match and no defensive game plan will be utilised.”

First Published: Jan 15, 2018 17:46 IST