Dempo Sports Club will take on an relegation threatened Mohammedan
Sporting at Nehru Stadium in an round 22 match of I-League on
The Golden Eagles will enter into the match knowing that only a win
will get their quest for a top 5 finish back on track as they take on
the Kolkata outfit who are struggling with their performances. Dempo
have been brilliant since the new year and have won their previous
three games in the League until the reversal against Salgaocar on
Wednesday pegged them back.
But Arthur Papas’ side ,strengthened by the return of Simon Colosimo
in defense and Clifford Miranda in midfield, would look to overcome
the challenge of Mohammedan Sporting who have won just one of their
last five matches.
A win for Dempo will take move them up to fifth in the table ahead of
Shillong Lajong who face table toppers Bengaluru FC the following day.
The return of Simon Colosimo and Clifford Miranda would enable coach
Arthur Papas to field his best possible line up on Saturday. Roberto
Mendes Silva and Pronay Halder would continue to partner in midfield
in the absence of Peter Carvalho who is still out with a calf injury.
Simon Colosimo will return to the starting eleven at the expense of
Selwyn Fernandes after serving his suspension while captain Clifford
Miranda too will make a return to the team in place of Sanju Pradhan
or Romeo Fernandes.
Tolgay cleared to play tomorrow
The AIFF has written to Dempo Sports Club allowing the fielding of
striker Tolgay Ozbey against Mohammedan Sporting. Tolgay, who was
earlier with Mohammedan Sporting had a clause in his exit contract
which disallowed him to play against Mohammedan Sporting in the
current season. However, after intervention of AIFF in the above
matter it was decided by the apex body to allow Tolgay Ozbey to play
against his former employers.
Mohammedan currently sit second last in the table, three points ahead
of bottom placed Churchill Brothers, but have played a game more than
the Goan side. A reversal against Dempo would put them in a precarious
position should Churchill win their matchs in hand. The Black Panthers
have signed Japanese Taro Hasegawa, in place of Australian striker
Tolgay Ozbey and will once again look to him and Brazilian Joshimar
Martins to score the goals. The defense of Luciano Sabrosa and
Mehrajuddin Wadoo will have to be cautious against the Dempo strike
force who have been on a roll scoring seven goals in their last four
The match will kick off at 6 pm.