Margao: East Bengal is looking to set aside their disappointing performance in the Federation Cup as they start their I-League football tournament campaign against Sporting Clube de Goa, here on Sunday.
The red and gold brigade are going through a tough time with their chief recruiter Debabrata Sarkar in police custody for his alleged involvement in Saradha Ponzi scheme and coach Armando Colaco not being able to recreate the magic of his Dempo days where he guided the club to silverware as many as five times.
In recently concluded Federation Cup, Colaco's boys bowed out winning only 1 out of their four games and the coach was in the news for all wrong reasons which forced the club to start a 'closed-door' training and gag the players and coaches from talking to the scribes.
Colaco blamed their poor performance due to fatigue factor set in after a demanding ISL and the close on heels Federation Cup which left very little recovery time for his players.
"We have come here without four of our key players- Dudu Omagbemi, Lalrindika Ralte, Gurpreet Singh and Harmanjyot Khabra. The defeat against Sporting in the crucial encounter in the Federation Cup was difficult to digest," Colaco admitted on the eve of the match.
"But now my players are slowly coming to terms as they are looking forward towards tomorrrow's encounter which they want to win and start on a positive note," he added.
Sporting Clube de Goa depend on how foreign recruits Kalu Ogba and Anthony Wolfe combine.