Indian Super Cup: Kingfisher East Bengal V Mumbai City FC Preview
Kolkata giants East Bengal will meet ISL side Mumbai City FC in Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar. Both the teams aren’t in good condition after their disappointing performances in recent times. Kingfisher East Bengal will be relying upon their foreigners specially on Mahmood Al Amna, Katsumi Yusa and Dudu Omagbemi for the goals. Where as Mumbai City FC will be relying on team game for sealing the match.
● Team News :
Mumbai City FC only will get services of their skipper Lucian Goian and midfielder Achille Emana among the foreigners. Mumbai City FC have already released their 5 foreigners Everton Santos, Thiago Santos, Gerson Vieira, Marcio Rosario and Leo Costa whereas Rafa Jorda has failed to recover from his injury. Gerson Vieira one of their main stoppers has already joined Renofa Yamaguchi FC, a Japanese 2nd division club.
East Bengal will probably get the services of all of their foreign players. Eduardo Ferreira was injured in the practice session but it is reported that he has been overcome from the injury. He’ll play in the knockout game.
● Probable Starting XI:
○KingfisherEast Bengal :
Samad Ali Mallick
Mahmood Al Amna
○Mumbai City FC :
● Recent Form :
East Bengal was in the pole position and had to win the last 2 games for grabbing the long awaited I-League. They drew against Shillong Lajong and NEROCA and their dream was shattered. After I-League, officials have appointed veteran Subhash Bhowmick as the Technical Director who has travelled to Bhubaneswar with the team. Coach Khalid Jamil’s future too will be decided on the result of Super Cup. A positive result in the tournament will be a boost up for securing a job in this Club although according to sources, Jamil will not be at the Red and Gold tent next season irrespective of the team’s result in Super Cup. For East Bengal, it would be a chance to wipe out partially the burden of 14 years of not lifting the top flight league by lifting this trophy.
After another disappointing season in the ISL, Mumbai City FC will be looking to end the season on a positive note. After the ISL, they’ve released their 5 foreigners and they’ll be relying on their Indian brigade to do better job. In the qualifying match for the Super Cup, they defeated Indian Arrows by 2-1.
●Match Details :
The match will be played in Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on 5th April Thursday at 8pm.
●TV Broadcast: Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD
●Streaming Link: Hotstar
After the debacle in the I-League, it would be the last chance for East Bengal to something cheer about. Where as Mumbai City FC will be relying on their Indian brigade to get past the hurdle of the Red and gold brigade. It would be an exciting game to look out. Mumbai City will have to give their all to churn out anything positive against a full strength East Bengal squad.