I-League: No Excuses For Churchill Brothers As They Set To Face Aizawl FC
Churchill brothers will have no excuses when they face the much improved Aizawl FC side today, says manager Alfred Fernandes. The former I-League champion team will play for the first time in Aizawl, which has much climate difference compared to Goa. But, the Goan gaffer is in no mood for excuses.
“I know it is not easy to play in the North East, We travel a lot in the league and get used to the different climate. We are professionals, let’s not make an excuse for Friday match just because of the higher altitude because Aizawl FC will also need to play in Goa which is a much hotter place compared to Aizawl. So, we will try everything and see what happens. I don't need any excuses," said the gaffer who had seen his team still struggling in the eight positions with just one win from seven league matches.
The traveling club is without the reliable center back Rowilson Rodrigues whereas fellow centre-back Fulganco Cardozo is also still doubtful for the encounter with Aizawl as he is still recovering from his injury against Minerva Punjab. "Rowilson, who had made arrangements in advance is not with us in Aizawl because he is having his own wedding party back home. Our club physiotherapists are working on it with Fulganco injury, I can give his news only tomorrow, “he insisted.
The visiting coach might talk about a 100% fight with an aim of three points, but Khalid Jamil, coach of Aizawl FC is in no different thought as he talked to the press at Aizawl Press club yesterday. The former Mumbai FC coach who guided Aizawl to third place only with East Bengal and Mohun Bagan above them said, "Churchill Brothers might sit on eight with just one win. But let’s not forget the win is against current champions Bengaluru FC, “he warned his team.
"We started to see an exciting match as they keep improving. It will be a big mistake to take them lightly only because of their current position," he signed off.
Aizawl FC will be without the service of Lalruathhara because of him being already cautioned four times in the league. But the Mizoram-based club fans will be happy to learn that Mahmoud Al Amna, who missed an important match against Mohun Bagan through injury, will be seen wearing reds shirt for the home team.