High five: Odafa sinks AIFF XI in I-League
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High five: Odafa sinks AIFF XI in I-League

Churchill Brothers rode Okolie Odafa's five-goal burst to rout New Delhi-based AIFF XI 6-0 in their seventh round I-League match at Margao on Monday. This is the highest margin of win in the I-League so far and the second time Odafa has scored five goals or more in top-flight football.

sports Updated: Jan 04, 2011 00:03 IST
HT Correspondent

Churchill Brothers rode Okolie Odafa's five-goal burst to rout New Delhi-based AIFF XI 6-0 in their seventh round I-League match at Margao on Monday. This is the highest margin of win in the I-League so far and the second time Odafa has scored five goals or more in top-flight football.

In the 2008-09 season, Odafa had scored six goals in Churchill Brothers' 9-1 victory against Vasco. India skipper Bhaichung Bhutia had scored five in JCT's 6-1 victory against Mahindra United in the 1996-97 season.

Odafa, who was last I-League's top scorer with 22 goals, has 15 goals from seven matches this time.

In Bangalore, Luciano Sabrosa's early goal helped Salgaocar beat HAL 1-0. In Kolkata, Chirag United fluffed opportunities galore to gift a point to JCT after a goalless draw. The sub-par performance would not have done much good to Chirag United's morale either, especially since they play a revitalised Mohun Bagan on Sunday.

Chirag United striker Josimar Martins, who had scored the last-gasp equalizer against Dempo in Chirag's last match, was at sea when it came to converting, though midfielder Lalkamal Bhowmick did enough to keep him interested at the goalmouth.

First Published: Jan 04, 2011 00:02 IST