Mumbai take on Shillong Lajong with pride at stake

Sunday, 23 April 2017
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Mumbai FC

Mumbai host Shillong Lajong in the 17th round of the Hero I-League at the Cooperage Stadium in Churchgate.

Gaurav Kadam, Mumbai FC Media (SportzDose)

 

Mumbai's fate has been decided. Mumbai and Churchill Brothers had been involved in a quest for survival in the I-League for some weeks now. The quest has reached its end point as Mumbai have been relegated from the I-League. Churchill Brothers beat Chennai City FC with a 6-1 scoreline on Saturday evening denting all hopes of a Mumbai survival.

Mumbai had a chance to capitalize on Churchill's loss to Aizawl FC last week as it could have allowed them to gain ground on the Goan side. But Mumbai could only muster up a draw against Chennai City FC as the tie ended 0-0 at Cooperage in a game filled with chances for Mumbai to win.

Mumbai face Shillong Lajong, a side who are on the verge of their best finish in the league history. Lajong coach Thangboi Singto was optimistic about his side's chances leading into the match, "Incidentally our best I-League result came against Mumbai FC so we will be optimistic about our chances tomorrow. Mumbai FC is gaining the momentum as they are good side too, a good mix of experience and a blend of foreign and Indian players;  we’ll be on our toes."

"Football is primarily about consistency. But it is mostly about winning. And for professionals, winning is everything. The best team has to win. For us it is about developing Indian players and producing players for the national team. We've progressed leaps and bounds this year, we mostly have a squad in their early twenties."

In the pre-match press conference held before the Churchill-Chennai game, Mumbai coach Oscar Bruzon sounded similarly optimistic about Mumbai, " We've been working hard and preparing well the whole week. Our strategy for the remaining two games is simple, score and win, as simple as that. We've to win the remaining last two games, we've no choice. We will also have to depend on a couple of other teams to help us out. "

"Our foreigners Densill Theobald and Djelaludin Sharityar have picked up slight knocks. We'll decide their status after a late fitness test."

Mumbai are now free of the pressure of survival and will be playing for pride of the city and its footballing culture. We urge all Mumbaikars to be a part of this and cheer on their city's only I-League club in large numbers. Come on Mumbai !!

Mumbai FC v Shillong Lajong
Date - 23 April 2017
Time - 7:00 pm
Venue - Cooperage Stadium, Churchgate
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