Saturday, October 5, 2013

Confident Bengaluru FC meets injury-struck United Sports

The host Bengaluru FC, riding on a confident show so far and their opponent United Sports Club, 100% win record till date, a developed side with foreign experts and a team to beat! Sunday’s battle at the Bangalore Football Stadium will be the battle of the top two teams in I-League. 

“A new developing side perhaps require development in all areas”, cites gaffer Ashley Westwood. "We play every game to win" and should take them to the top of the league table. 

News from the Bengaluru FC camp is that, Manpreet Singh, who is yet to start a game for the JSW-sponsored team is out injured due to ACL tear. The good news is definitely in the form of Malemngamba Meetei who will come back to tomorrow’s match after seating out the match against Rangdajied United owing to heavy fever.

United Sports have injury woes galore. As if running an I-League team without a sponsor was not enough, the team regrouped quite late in the season. With less than 3-weeks of practice they started their I-League campaign, and yet managed to win the first two matches convincingly. 

United's Dutch coach Eelco Schattorie puts his team’s situation as "Survival Mode" and he states, “It is difficult to prepare a team in less than three weeks". 

In last couple of weeks he has seen five of his prominent players getting injured - midfield general Lalkamal Bhowmick fracturing his ankle, Tapan Maity, Dipak Mondal Jr, goalkeeper Swaroop Das, and the latest being central defender Anupam Sarkar. Sarkar fractured his nose in today's practice session after he went for a header and looks doubtful for tomorrow's game.  

Also in the list is talented midfielder Vineeth who could not join the practice session today owing to sickness.  

When you have a team ‘playing every game to win’ and another high on morale, despite of woes on and off the field, sure the match will reach great heights!