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An uphill task awaits Mohammedan Sporting at Kashmir

Mohammedan Sporting Club during a practise session.

Mohammedan Sporting Club gaffer Subrata Bhattachatya Jr. has urged his team to get the win they need to remain alive in the race for promotion to the Hero I-League. Mohammedan Sporting prepares to face LoneStar Kashmir FC in their Second Division League Final Round clash at the Synthetic Turf Stadium in Srinagar on Sunday.

A 1-1 draw against Minerva Academy FC on Thursday has jolted Mohammedan SC’s campaign heavily. Now the Kolkata outfit need to win all their remaining matches and at the same time they will depend on the results of Dempo SC’s and Minerva’s matches.

“This is a make or break situation for us, a win will put us back in the title picture but if we fail then we are almost out of the race. Hence, we would go all-out for the win,” coach Bhattacharya said on the eve of the clash.

“In the last game we were clearly the better side, but luck was not on our side as we could not to get full points despite dominating the game with a man short. This time around we would not like to repeat the same mistakes,” he added.

On the team news front, Mohammedan SC will be missing the services of Second Division League top scorer James Moga who received a red card against Minerva. However, Simbarashe Gate has flown in to replace the South Sudanese international.

LoneStar Kashmir FC on the other hand, currently at the bottom of the table, did not win a single game in the final round so far. Thus the hosts will be eager to log their first win in front of the home crowd.

Facing Mohammedan SC, the Hilal Rasool led side will be relying heavily on Farukh Choudhary and Atinder Mani to lead the attack.

Furthermore, the likes of Adil Khan, Gagandeep Singh and skipper Kamaljeet Kumar will also form an important part of the side.

Therefore, it is quite obvious that an uphill task awaits Mohamedan SC against a LoneStar Kashmir FC side that have only lost once at home in the competition.

“When we played them earlier it was an even contest, which luckily we won, so I am expecting a tough match tomorrow but we have come all prepared to face them,” the Mohammedan Sporting gaffer concluded.

When the last time these two teams meet it was Mohammedan SC who came out on top in Kolkata courtesy a goal from Ajay Singh.

The match at Srinagar will start at 16.00 IST on Sunday.

(Report & Photo courtesy Mohammedan Sporting Club Press Release)