I-League Round 4 Team Of The Week

Monday, 23 January 2017|Sunil A. Markal
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East Bengal ended Bengaluru FC’s unbeaten streak, while Mohun Bagan and Aizawl FC continued theirs. Our team of the round for this week includes four players from East Bengal, and three from Aizawl FC

GOALKEEPER:

Karanjit Singh (Chennai City FC)

Veteran Karanjit Singh has been in inspiring form for new entrants Chennai City FC. He came back to the starting XI against Mohun Bagan with yet another splendid display. The 31-year-old made smart saves to deny the likes of Darryl Duffy and Sony Norde. Karanjit frustrated the away side, even more when he saved Norde’s spot kick, but still ended on the losing side.
 

DEFENCE:

Rahul Bheke (East Bengal):

Rahul Bheke was guilty of allowing Sunil Chhetri the time and space for a header when Bengaluru FC traveled to the Barasat last season, which proved to be the winner. This time, the right-back made amends for his mistake by putting in a solid performance against the Indian skipper. Was alert whenever Chhetri tried to surge against him, as the Blues captain cut a frustrated figure.
 

Adil Khan (Churchill Brothers)

Churchill Brothers earned their maiden point of the current campaign thanks to Adil Khan’s late headed effort. Was solid in defence and could not do much in DSK’s opener.
 

Ivan Bukenya (East Bengal)

East Bengal’s leading top scorer this season is surprisingly their centre-half Ivan Bukenya. After two goals in three appearances with his new club, the Ugandan was on hand to restore parity for his side against holders Bengaluru FC. To add to the goal, Bukenya was rock solid in defence as he made sure the likes of CK Vineeth got no look into the game after the first goal.
 

Lalruatthara (Aizawl FC)

Ruatthara is becoming a regular fixture in our team of the week. The left-back was inspirational again with yet another clean sheet as he helped Khalid Jamil’s return to Mumbai FC with a win. Set-up Mahmoud Amnah’s winning goal to raise his stock further.

 

MIDFIELD:

Rupert Nongrum (Shillong Lajong)

Shillong Lajong secured their first win of the campaign thanks to goals from Rupert Nongrum and Aser Dipanda. The former was brilliant for Thangboi Singto in midfield as he marshaled the centre of the park. Scored an excellent goal by lobbing it over an onrushing Arshdeep Singh. Was again involved in the Reds’ second goal.
 

Mehtab Hossain (East Bengal)

Mehtab Hossain rolled back the years with a splendid showing against Bengaluru FC. Had it not been for the wastefulness of Willis Plaza, Mehtab would have had 2 assists to his name. Did not allow the likes of Eugeneson Lyngdoh to play their natural game and found his teammates time and again with tidy passes before being subbed off with an injury.
 

Mahmoud Al Amnah (Aizawl FC)

Mahmoud Al Amnah has been easily the league’s best midfielder so far. With all his experience, the veteran Syrian has been a midfield general for Khalid Jamil’s side. His range of penetrative passing and awareness in midfield have been earning rave reviews. And he made his boss’ homecoming sweet with an expertly taken finish.
 

ATTACK:

Jayesh Rane (Aizawl FC)

Khalid Jamil took two of his protégés Jayesh Rane and Ashutosh Mehta with him to Aizawl, and both have not let the 39-year-old down. Like Jamil, Sunday was a homecoming for Rane too, who started his I-League journey with Mumbai. Did not let the emotional aspect get the better of him as he troubled his old sides’ defence. Found Ashutosh with a splendid through ball, which was unfortunately saved.
 

Robin Singh (East Bengal)

Who would have thought that Robin Singh would be donning the Red and Gold again after he scored the third goal in May 2015 against his former employees? Sunday saw the 26-year-old sink his old team again, as he scored against the Blues which proved to be the winner. Despite coming on at half time, Robin was arguably East Bengal’s best-attacking player. Almost scored a worldlie when his shot from 40 odd yards out beat Amrinder Singh in the Blues, goal, only for the post to deny him. Scored eventually to mark his dream return against his old teammates.
 

Sony Norde (Mohun Bagan)

Sony Norde is back in the goals for Mohun Bagan. After the post denied the Haitian in the last game, it looked like the 27-year-old would end up without scoring yet again after his spot kick was saved. Compensated for the miss with a match winner, much to the relief of Sanjoy Sen.
 

BENCH: Amrinder Singh, Bikramjeet Singh, Ashutosh Mehta, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Isaac Vanlalsawma, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Aser Dipanda.