Sporting positive of avoiding relegation

Panaji: Sporting Clube de Goa are positive
of avoiding relegation as they prepare to take on Chirag
United in their final round I-League match on May 28 in

Four teams will fight the battle of survival on May 28
in three different regions of the country.

Of these teams, Sporting are in the most precarious
position, having scored two points less than Shillong Lajong
and Mumbai FC and three less than Air India.

Sporting, who finished third last season, started badly
and finished the first phase without a win. They had to wait
till the 17th round for a win when they beat Kolkata giants
Mohun Bagan which changed their fortune. The team went on to
win four more matches and reduced the gap with the three
relegation-threatened teams.

"We had a very bad start to the season because our
preparation was not up to the mark and our foreigners were not
effective. They came good only in the later stages of the
league," said coach Vishwas Gaonkar, who took over the reigns
from Roy Barreto in the second phase.

Gaonkar is quite optimistic about his team`s performance
against Chirag.

"It`s normal for us. We have earlier played there against
Mohun Bagan and East Bengal and came up with a good
performance. I`m not worried about the Kolkata factor," he

Gaonkar knows the importance of keeping a tab on the
performances of the other teams in the relegation zone.

"My mobile phone will be active and I will keep a track
on the results in Mumbai and Goa. But I will focus on my
team`s game and try to earn a crucial three points," Gaonkar

Meanwhile, the start of the final round matches on May 27
and 28 has been advanced by half an hour and all the games
will begin at 1530 hrs, the AIFF said today.


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