Dempo take on Rangdajied United FC on Saturday
Vasco: Dempo SC will have their task cut out as they face Rangdajied United FC in their return match of the I-League to be played at Tilak Stadium, Vasco on Saturday.
Dempo, who have drawn 2-2 against Rangdajied in the away match, are placed tenth with 16 points from 15 matches. They have strengthened their team with the inclusion of Sanju Pradhan and two foreigners - Tolgay Ozbeg and Haroon Amuri which will give more teeth to their striker force, which has been lacking in the first leg.
Dempo now will be playing with all their four foreigners, and coach Arthur Papas is confident that his team will do well in the second leg and move up the ladder.
"The composition of the team is well balanced especially in the striking force where we lacked in the finishing which saw us down below but now with Tolgay in the team, the finishing will be more sharper and we expect our team to win from now onwards after only three wins from 15 matches we have played so far," stated Papas.
On the other hand, Rangdajied United were expecting a better performance against Churchill Brothers after they fielded all their four foreigners and also new recruits Steven Dias and Sushant Mathew but that was not the case as they went down 0-1 and are now at the bottom of the table with 12 points from 15 matches.
They now badly need a win to boost their morale and tomorrow will be looking forward to their third win against Dempo. They have injury worries with Edmar, who is having groin injury, is a doubtful starter. Kim Song has a stomach problem and did not practice today.
But coach Santosh Kashyap is confident that his team can do well in their absence as he has other players like Sandesh Gadkari and T Lalnunpuia.