Sporting is gearing up in full swing as they take on the highlanders Aizawl FC on Monday at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl. Sporting have managed to pocket only one point from their initial two matches and will look at this as an opportunity to make a fresh start grabbing full three points.
A confident looking Sporting coach Mathew Costa said “The situation is very simple; we have to give more than 100% in this match. We have come close twice but couldn’t cross over the line, it’s that kind of an attitude we are expecting from our team. We have to put up a good show, nothing less than 3 points is acceptable.”
When asked about how his team has shaped up this I-League he said “We have not really got the kind of results we were expecting, the first match throwing away 3 points after taking the lead and in second match throwing away numerous scoring opportunities isn’t really what we had planned for.”
He further said “It was the initial matches and we had to get our combination right, now we can see a lot of positivity in the training sessions, the boys are getting along well there is good team work and coordination.”
When quizzed about the Aizawl side he said “They are a good unit. Quick on the wings, we have watched them play. At home they can be very tricky; we are by no means taking them lightly.”
However Sporting have received a huge boost ahead of the Aizawl clash with the inclusion of Trinidadian midfielder Densill Theobald who comes in place of Mahmoud Amnah.
The Aizawl FC coach Manuel Retamero Fraile said “We have to move up in the table, we will try to take full three points from this clash.” He also had a special mention for the fans that have turned up in large numbers to support their local club.