Kolkata: A keen tussle is on the cards as
Chirag United gear up to host Churchill Brothers in a 13th
round I-League match at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Saturday.
Many believe the outcome of the match could determine who
stands where in the pecking order in the 14-team championship.
Churchill coach Vincent Subramanium, after a narrow
escape against East Bengal in their previous match, seemed
a bit worried due to captain Okolie Odafe`s indifferent form.
New Zealander Kayne Vincent`s double strike agaisnt East
Bengal was the only silverlining for Churchill, who are still
looking for ways to strengthen their defence.
Despite the return of India defender Gourmangi Singh
and winger Steven Dias, the side still lacks sting, though
they have managed to maintain a clean slate as far as results
against Kolkata outfits are concerned.
They defeated Mohun Bagan 2-0 in the home match, drew
with East Bengal in an away game, and it now remains to be
seen how they fare against Chirag.
The former champions are at third place with 23 poitns,
five behind second placed Salgaocar SC, and seven points from
leaders East Bengal.
An area of concern for the Goans has been Odafe`s form,
who has not found the net in the last five matches, though he
still leads the tally with 16 goals.
Chirag United`s Subrata Bhattacharya said his boys are
eager to finish the first leg of the league with a win.
Sevent-placed Chirag United had a good outing in their
previous match when they drubbed ONGC 4-2.