Dempo look to start second phase on winning note

Margao: Dempo Sports Club will look for full points as they resume their title charge with a 14th round I-League clash against Chirag United Kerala at the Nehru Stadium.

Dempo, at the top of the pool with 27 points, however, will do well to remember their last league clash which they lost to Prayag United 1-2.

Assistant coach Mauricio Afonso said, "It is not just that a couple of players misfired or that a particular department had an off day. The entire team was a failure and it was there for all to see."

"We have to now bounce back and judging from the mood of the players during training, I am confident that they will live up to the billing. They are all professionals, know what is expected of them and I am sure we will secure a win against Chirag United Kerala," said Afonso, a former India captain.

He felt that Chirag United, despite being in the relegation zone, are fast improving and will create some problems for the hosts.

"They are doing well. They will come here with some confidence after winning their last league match (against Mumbai FC). I am expecting a tough contest," he said.

Dempo will have to do without the services of defender and captain Mahesh Gawli who is nursing an injury and Rowilson Rodrigues is expected to replace him.

Chirag United Kerala are currently placed 12th with 11 points in their kitty. But the recent signings and their impressive 2-0 win over Mumbai FC in the last match should give coach Pakeer Ali plenty of confidence.