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Chidi brace hands AIFF XI 0-2 defeat

Foreign imports made the difference in a match where the future India team showed glimpses of improved maturity but not enough tenacity. Somshuvra Laha reports.
Hindustan Times | By Somshuvra Laha, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2011 10:54 PM IST

Foreign imports made the difference in a match where the future India team showed glimpses of improved maturity but not enough tenacity.

Mohun Bagan's burly Afro-Australian defender Okwy Diamondstar made it tough for AIFF XI by 'winning all the aerial balls'.

Bulpin said he would take a 0-2 beating any day at the hands of 'one of the best Indian clubs'. But eight goals scored in 11 matches do not reflect well on the striking prowess of a team set to play the pre-Olympic qualifiers against Myanmar in a month. Edeh Chidi struck in either half, following passes from skipper Ishfaq Ahmed and Manish Maithani, as Mohun Bagan pocketed three important points in the run-up to what could potentially be a league-changing city derby for them early February.

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