Mohammedan SC will play for pride against East Bengal
Mohammedan Sporting Club will be looking to sign off on a positive note when they play their last group match of the ongoing U-19 IFA Shield 2017 against the Red and Gold brigade on 4th June.
Mohammedan sit bottom of the table after a frustrating opening two matches. Mohammedan’s consecutive defeats against Pathachakra Club (2-1) and AIFF Elite Academy (4-0) ended the the hopes of the Black and White brigade to progress to the semifinals, but they will be keen to register their first win as they go out from the group stages of the tournament. So ending their campaign with a win will be a morale boost after consecutive dismal performances.
Their opponents East Bengal, on the other hand, are faring only slightly better. A disappointing 2-1 loss to AIFF Academy was followed by a 2-2 draw against Pathachakra, leaving the Red and Golds with a solitary point and just a slim chance of qualifying if they can secure a big win over Mohammedan and AIFF Academy do them a favour simultaneously by beating second-placed Pathachakra, who are on four points from two matches. So the fate of the Red and Gold will also lie in the result of this match and Mohammedan must not take their opponents lightly.
“We have nothing to look forward to than a positive result in our last match against East Bengal on Sunday,” Mohammedan’s U-19 coach, Zaheer Abbas Hamza said on the eve of the clash.
“Of course the disappointment is there because we did not achieve our goal but this is a learning period where these young players need to get maximum experience. I am pleased and proud of my players for their display.
It is an opportunity for us to see how the boys would react under this difficult situation to defend the honour of the club. I want the players to play with the motivation and give our fans one last moment of joy this season,” added the former India midfielder.
Incidentally, Mohammedan and East Bengal have met nine times at this level with East Bengal claiming victory in all past encounters.
So both the youth teams are of top clubs from West Bengal,as they face each other in a match where, one team will play for pride ,while the other will play to increase their chances to qualify for the Semifinals.
The match is scheduled at the East Bengal Ground and will kick-off at 3:30 PM on Sunday.