Nine points from as many matches and resting at the bottom half of the points table. Not an ideal way to see the champions of last season Salgaocar Sports Club. No win from the last four encounters – matter of great concern! However, things might not look that apparent when you have the likes of Karim Bencherifa managing the team.
As his usual way of looking at things, he is taking positives out of it, “We still got nine points, we have won Federation Cup this season, and we are leaders in Goa Pro League. These to me are the positives, and I’m trying to inculcate this to my boys.”
“Who cares about the 26 games we will be playing in I-league. To us, we’ve only one game, the most important one for now, which we need to win tomorrow,” Adds the Moroccan.
Salgaocar would be going with Chiddi Edeh on upfront, Ryuji Sueka on the middle, and Luciano Sabrosa on defense, leaving out the other foreigner Elijah Junior in reserve.
Task cut out for HAL defense, they are getting goals alright, but failing to defend them. Conceding four goals after leading 2-0 till 60 minutes against Mohun Bagan is the biggest example. They have to plug-in their defense right away. However, central-back Femi Joseph Adeola’s injury can hinder their attempt.
Match is slated for a 3 pm on Sunday, December 18, 2011.