Feb 20: Defending champions Mohun Bagan would look to maintain their unbeaten run intact when they face an in-form Sporting Clube de Goa in an I-League football clash at the Vidyasagar Krirangan at Barasat on Saturday.
The Mariners have not lost a single match this season but come tomorrow their defence will be wary of their former striker Odafa Okolie who has seven goals from five matches this season.
Four of Okolie’s seven goals have come in last three matches as the Sporting Goa captain has been in menacing form and will give the Mohun Bagan defence a challenging time.
“I don’t want to comment on the opposition’s defense. You will get your answers tomorrow. As I am a striker, my job is to score goals and help my team win. There is nothing of revenge as such. We are in good position in the table and now my aim is to make that position stronger,” Odafa said.
“Sometime you score and sometime you don’t but the most important thing is to get three points. Last year we got the three points in Goa but lost it in Kolkata. It happens in football,” the Nigerian said of their last year’s loss at Barasat.
Unbeaten in seven matches, Mohun Bagan are four points ahead of number four Sporting Clube de Goa but Odafa said they’re still very much in the title race.
“I will try my heart out to make Sporting the champions.
You can’t predict anything from now. It’s difficult to say anything standing on the field. You need to get down on the field and win the remaining matches. Then only we can win the league.”
While Sporting Clube de Goa are coming on the back of a win, Mohun Bagan played out a 1-1 draw against Shillong Lajong in their last match as their midfield lacked creativity while the defence in Kingshuk Debnath, Luciano Sabrosa and Dhanachandra Singh too had come under scanner.
Coach Sanjoy Sen would also like their striking duo of Cornell Glenn and Sony Norde to be among goals so as to halt the Goans’ surge.