Chennai City FC look to get back to winning ways against Shillong Lajong

Updated: 30 December, 2018 11:27 IST | PTI | Coimbatore

The home side has lost points in each of their last two games and suffered their first defeat of the season against Real Kashmir FC in the previous game

Chennai City FC will look to get back to winning ways at home when they take on bottom-placed Shillong Lajong FC in an I-League fixture here on Saturday. The home side has lost points in each of their last two games and suffered their first defeat of the season against Real Kashmir FC in the previous game.

That has given hope to the chasing pack of about five clubs and Singaporean coach Akbar Nawas will look to grab three points on Saturday to get their campaign back on track.

For Alison Kharsyntiew's Shillong Lajong, it has been a bitter-sweet campaign. Their tally of seven losses from nine games does not really reflect the attractive brand of football that Shillong's attacking line has been dishing out.

"Chennai City is a very good team. They have been playing very good football, so it is going to be difficult for us to defeat them at their home," Kharsyntiew said. "Our players have to put full effort and will be playing with full confidence against them. Yes, we have been lacking on our defence." It looks like an uphill task on paper for the visitors with the coach disclosing that Rakesh Pradhan, one of the bright spots of their campaign this year, will be missing out due to injury.

For the hosts, their Spanish striker Pedro Manzi will have to get back to goal-scoring form, else coach Nawas already has Serbian Josef Kaplan as cover. Also, his dynamic Spanish midfield duo of Nestor Jesus and Sandro Rodriguez will have to be on top of their game once again after having a couple of off days.

"We will be playing our usual game tomorrow, but we hope the referee will be fair with us. We are not asking the referee to favour us. He should be fair to the game," Akbar Nawas said.

Shillong will look for inspiration from their captain Samuel Lalmuanpia and will hope that Phrangki Buam adds to his tally of three goals in the league so far, for them to get a positive result.

Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

First Published: 29 December, 2018 10:36 IST

Sign up for all the latest news, top galleries and trending videos from

loading image
This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK