Old memories will be reopened for Dempo when Prayag United’s Ranti Martins returns to the ground where he was once adored before leaving for greener pastures in Kolkata.
Dempo Sports Club will host Prayag United in round 10 of I-League at the PJN stadium on 8th December. They will go into this match with top spot in the I-League with 22 points from 9 matches.
Head coach Armando Colaco is all praise for his boys after their hat-trick of wins against Air India, Mohun Bagan and Salgaocar FC. “The boys believe in themselves and they know that they can win. The best thing about our team is that whenever starting eleven players are not there, my other players take over. If I see Romeo and Joaquim playing, it makes me proud. If they continue playing like this, it will be good for us. I hope they create more chances and score” said Armando. It remains likely that Armando would continue with the same squad against Prayag United. While there seems to be no worries with the Defence or Midfield, it will be seen if Armando fields Ricketts or Koko alongside the Japanese Ryuji Sueoka in his trademark 4-4-2 formation.
There will be a keen contest on cards when Nigerian Ranti Martins plays against his former employers. Ranti had left Dempo this season after eight successful years falling prey to the megabucks offer given to him by Prayag United. While the performance of big spending Prayag United still remains uninspiring, notching just four wins from their last nine matches, their conceding of 14 goals so far has left a gaping hole in their standards of defending. Hi-profile signings like Gourmangi Singh and Carlos Hernandez have disappointed Prayag and much is left to be desired from the others. However, with a new coach in the form of Dutchman Eelco Schattorie, Prayag United could pose a danger to the current I-League champions. Prayag, who now play a fluid 4-4-2 formation with the ball mostly kept on the ground, can threaten the Dempo defence with their forwards. Mahesh Gawli, Samir Naik, and Rowilson will have their task cut out to keep a check on Ranti and Carlos, while Climax Lawrence and Godwin Franco will have to act like feeders for wingers Romeo and Clifford Miranda as well for the strikers. Dempo will have contain the In-form Lalkamal Bhowmick and make amends to keep him away from controlling Prayag’s midfield.
The Kick off is scheduled at 7 pm and the match will be shown live on Ten Action plus and Istream.comPreview brought to you by