Dempo test awaits young AIFF XI

Gurgaon: Bruised and battered after a 0-6 thrashing at the hands of Churchill Brothers, it would be baptism of fire for AIFF XI when they take on defending champions Dempo in a eighth round I-League match at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium here on Saturday.

Despite carrying quite a few injured players, Dempo are the clear favourites going into the match against Desmond Bulpin`s young Turks whose average age is just below 19.

The visitors had a feel of the ground today but the cold weather is the biggest cause for concern for them, according to coach Armando Colaco.

Dempo are coming off a comfortable 2-0 win over ONGC. Dominic Noronoha Jersey of Dempo will miss the match due to double bookings.

AIFF XI, who recorded a 2-1 win in their last home match, against HAL SC, are certain to miss Holycharan and Lalrindika.