Press Releases2010Mar 04, 2010
Mumbai FC takes on Dempo as I-League resumes
Mumbai stands eighth on the 14 team ONGC I-League table after the first half of the competition. The league resumes in Goa for the club, as they clash with 2007-08 champions Dempo.« Back
Dempo sit on top with 26 points from 13 matches. They would want to consolidate their position at the top with a win against Mumbai and start as favorites. On the other hand, Mumbai travels to the beach town with a full strength squad. The players are refreshed after a one month break and looking to deliver as the business end of the league starts. Coach Khalid Jamil says, “The one month I-League break came as a boon for us as we had a lot of players injured. We are better prepared now than the start of the season as the team has gelled well. We look to start our campaign with maximum points even with the odds against us.”
In the previous fixture between the two, Dempo comfortably beat an unsettled Mumbai team with a 3-1 score at Cooperage, which was also the opening game of the league for both. Mumbai was playing without its foreigners and a complete new set of players.
Dempo are the only team to have conceded in every game, in spite of the presence of Indian internationals such as Anwar, Mahesh Gawli and Samir Naik. Khalid would have that in his mind and look to work that to his advantage.
Both teams met thrice last season, twice in the league and once in the Federation Cup.
The first match was a goalless draw at Cooperage, then a 1-1 draw in the Federation Cup for Mumbai. The final fixture in Goa ended with the Mumbai side losing by three goals.
The team was on a 10-game unbeaten streak which ended with an unlikely loss to bottom table Viva Kerala at home in the last round. That leaves no room for any complacency against Goan giants Dempo.
Cheer for Mumbai!
Dempo SC vs Mumbai FC
March 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm
PJN Stadium, Fatorda – Goa