Sporting Clube de Goa play Mumbai FC in the second leg of Hero Federation Cup on Wednesday at PJN Stadium Fatorda. The Flaming Oranje, walk into this tie with an away goal advantage. The 90th minute header by Sumeet Passi at Cooperage meant Mumbai FC faces an uphill task when they come against the Goan side at Fatorda.
When asked about protecting the lead or going for a win Sporting Coach Mateus Costa said “Well yes we have a lead but that’s not enough. We will be looking at this as a new match and we want to get maximum points from it. We are playing at our home, with the away goal playing a vital role we have to be extra cautious.”
When asked about fancying a title challenge Coach Mateus Costa said, “Well everyone here wants to win the Fed Cup so that’s obvious, but we will take one match at a time. Right now our focus is on getting a positive result tomorrow.”
“Every club dreams of a silverware in the season, we are no different. Last few seasons we have not managed to get one so yes this definitely is a good opportunity, but like I said we will take one match at a time.” Said a smiling Costa When asked if winning the Fed Cup would mean a satisfying season for Sporting.
When asked about getting a positive result at Fatorda the Mumbai FC Head Coach Khalid Jamil said “Yes it is difficult but not impossible, in Mumbai we got two good chances in the second half but failed to convert. We conceded towards the end due to slight lack in concentration, but I would say we still have a chance.”
When quizzed about the approach Coach Khalid said “I don’t think we have to do anything different, we have played Sporting before and we have to do the same things, we don’t really need to change anything.”
Sporting has their full squad available for the picking. With Gaffer Costa heaping praise for the young Nigerian striker Ndidi Chukwuma who played an imperative role in the crucial away goal, scored by the Goan side its evident that he will get to see more of the ball in Fatorda. With Sumeet Passi being at the peak of his form, his combination with Ndidi can be lethal up front. Also with Pratesh Shirodkar and Rowllin Borges anchoring the mid-field Sporting surely looks like a well oiled unit. The biggest boost for The Flaming Oranje will be the return of their in-form skipper Mahmoud Al Amnah who has marshalled the troops by leading from front since the absence of Odafa Okolie. Over all the Goan football lovers would be hoping for some good action to unfold at Fatorda on Wednesday.