SPORTING UPBEAT AHEAD OF TUFF CHALLENGE

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Sporting is all set to face Tuff Laxmi Prasad SC in the 16th round of Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium Mapusa on Wednesday.  Sporting come in to this match high on confidence banking on their back to back victories against the heavy weights Salgaocar FC and Dempo SC. The Flaming Oranje currently top the table with 32 points from 15 outings, 5 points clear of Churchill Bros who have played one match less. While Tuff Laxmi are placed 6th in the table with 18 points.

The previous fixture contested between the two sides was late in October which saw Sporting overcome a promising Tuff 2-1 riding on goals from their pacy wingman Marcus Mascarenhas and talisman striker Odafa Okolie while Newton Azavedo netted one for Tuff. The contest was squarely fought by both sides especially the back line at both ends denying any operating space for rival attack. Sporting broke the dead lock, courtesy moment of brilliance between Odafa Okolie and Marcus Mascarenhas which resulted in the latter drilling a powerful shot past the Tuff Laxmi custodian Siddesh Morje who otherwise had a fantastic evening. Tuff Laxmi came back strongly to pull one back through Newton Azavedo who capitalised on the weak clearance by Cajetan Fernandes to put things on level. Sporting pushed hard but had to wait till the dying moments of the match as their Nigerian pair Odafa Okolie and Ndidi Chukwuma saved the day by creating a fantastic chance between themselves as the former got on to the score sheet.

“We will go into this match with a positive frame of mind, the boys are playing well we need to just stick to our basics.” said the Sporting Head Coach Mathew Costa.

He further went on – “The season has shaped up well for us, the boys are self motivated and everyone is doing their bit to contribute.”

“This is the perfect time to up our tempo; the I-League is round the corner and we all are looking forward eagerly. It is very important to maintain the rhythm as the equation is simple, from here on it’s completely in our hands, we either make it or break it.” Said Coach Mathew.

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