All the attentions of the footballing fraternity of India have turned towards Coimbatore as Chennai City FC are geared to clinch their maiden I-League title. It was never expected that the Coimbatore based side would come these far but Chennai City FC defied all the odds and are inches away to place their hands on the trophy.
“We have done our homework and we are ready to face any kind of opposition in our home”, the gaffer Akbar Nawas started his conservation with delight. Knowing that football is a funny game, anything can go against him anytime, he wants his side to give hundred percent on the field.
“We had come this far, it will be hard to digest if we lose this trophy on final day of the season. Everyone feeling the pressure inside the dressing room now. The season ends tomorrow hence we must finish the season on high”, Nawas sounded determined. “We are here to compete and go for the win”, said the Singaporean, something he and his team have been proving for all season long.
“I have full respect to Minerva Punjab, despite the results they were the defending champions and we don’t underestimate any side in this league”, concluded Nawas.
Minerva Punjab’s win against NEROCA was their only win in past five games and they are struggling to prove that they were the winners of the previous edition. On the other hand a shocking loss to Churchill made Chennai City’s adrenaline to run higher and ultimately coming to this situation where they are having to wait till the final matchday for any positive outcome.
Chennai’s talisman Nestor Gordilo is facing suspension for tomorrow’s game and this will be a big blow for Akbar Nawas. Edwin Sydney will play in his position, Kaplan will be added to the central midfield defence and Tarif Akhand is also fit for tomorrow’s game.
East Bengal on the other hand are giving Akbar Nawas much headache as the Bengal side would want both the south sides to lose, as the Red and Gold are facing a sturdy away match against Gokulam Kerala.
The trophy is hanging on a balance and can go either way.
If Chennai City FC wins their maiden I-League trophy then it will be three seasons in a row that the so called ‘minnows’ wound lift the coveted prize. On the other hand the Kolkata based power house Quess East Bengal FC would like to keep no stones unturned to get hold of their first ever I-League trophy and put an end to the drought but they would have to keep their eyes at Coimbatore tomorrow as now it’s Chennai’s title to lose.