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Uphill task awaits Mohammedan Sporting against Gangtok Himalayan SC

Mohammedan Sporting Club

After a faltering start to their Second Division League Final Round campaign, Mohammedan Sporting Club would look to bounce back to winning ways when they host Gangtok Himalayan SC at Mohammedan Sporting Ground in Kolkata tomorrow.

While Mohammedan Sporting has struggled to find form and only managed to garner a solitary point from three matches, Gangtok Himalyan SC are also enduring a disappointing campaign so far and have a mere three points from four matches.

The hosts, who played their last match against Dempo SC on April 7, come into the game on the back of an extended period of break after their match against LoneStar Kashmir FC last week has been postponed due to curfew imposed in North Kashmir.

However, Mohammedan SC coach Subrata Bhattacharya Jr. made full use of the break to iron out flaws and he is looking forward to make a new start with a win over the Sikkim outfit. The gaffer advised his side to forget about the past and focus on the task at hand.

“The break has helped us a bit. We have managed to tighten the loose ends and hoping for an improved performance against Gangtok Himalayan SC,” coach Bhattacharya said on the eve of the clash.

“It is not that we are playing bad to drop points, but rather our boys are not able to capitalize on chances that came their way. I hope they won’t repeat the same mistakes tomorrow, against a side that will come hard at us for points.” he added.

Playing in front of home fans should be the morale booster for Mohammedan SC, but the likes of James Moga and Simbarashe Gate will have to pull up more than socks or else the Black Panthers could find themselves in an even bigger mess.

Going into the match the Santa Kumar led side will be depending heavily on former Atlético de Kolkata forward Nadong Bhutia to lead the attack.

Furthermore, the likes of Nima Tamang, Bijendra Rai and skipper Bhaichung Bhutia Jr. will also form an important part of the side.

For the record, Gangtok Himalayan SC holds an unbeaten record against Mohammedan SC in the initial round of the competition wherein the visitors won once and drew the other match.

On the team news front, Mohammedan Sporting has been boosted by the availability of a full strength squad, with all players fit and raring to go.

The match at Mohammedan Sprting Club Ground kicks off at 15.00 IST on Saturday.

(Report & Photo courtesy Mohammedan Sporting Club)