Rangdajied FC look for second consecutive win

Shillong: Rangdajied FC would look to tie all loose ends in their quest for a second consecutive win at home against Mumbai FC at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in an I-League clash here on Sunday.

The hosts were upbeat after they beat Pune FC last week and also after being crowned champions at the state`s top league yesterday.

"I am confident now that we have a well balanced team," Rangdajied coach Santosh Kashyap said.

Kashyap has all his best men at his disposal, giving him a problem of plenty when it comes to the first eleven tomorrow.

The team which had beaten Mohun Bagan in Kolkata last month have been strengthened with the induction of five of IMG-R players of the likes of goalkeeper Subrata Paul and Gouramangi Singh at the back.

Skipper Eugeneson and Tomba Singh will be aided by David Ngaihte and Joy Chandra on either flanks as they look for all out attacking. Experienced Gouramangi and Lamine Tamba will have Yohei Iwasaki and Thomas Saikhom at the sides.

A resurgent Mumbai FC are no strangers to Shillong`s weather. They returned to the Northeast with a three-match unbeaten run.

The visitors will miss the service of Anwar Ali who suffered a hamstring injury during the last match in Kolkata.

Tomorrow`s match will be the last for Subrata Paul in India this season as he is set to play in an Danish top-tier club from next month.

Kashyap said Paul had contributed immensely to the team as he was a good leader.

Paul and Gourmangi Singh teamed up well in shaping the new Shillong boys on and off the field in the last one month, Kashyap said.

Rangdajied are currently looking for a replacement for Paul with a senior goalkeeper, the coach said.