Under-pressure Bagan face Dempo challenge

Fighting to beat the drop, a beleagured Mohun Bagan side will be bolstered by the presence of their talismanic Nigerian striker Okolie Odafa in a crucial I-League encounter on Sunday.

Mohun Bagan are still at the bottom of the table and coach Karim Bencherifa has every reason to feel edgy as his team failed to pick up full points in the previous home match against United Sikkim.

“We need a good win to get back on track,” Bencherifa said about their 2-2 draw against Shillong Lajong, who came back from behind to steal a point.

“Our foremost objective now is to save the relegation. We failed to win despite getting the lead twice in the last match (against Shillong Lajong FC). This spoke of a lack of concentration and the team needs to be more focussed in ensuring a victory,” Bencherifa said.

About Bagan’s opponents, he answered: “Dempo are a tough opponents. But I do not wish to look at the opponent and focus more on our own objective that is to find as many wins as possible.”

Mohun Bagan have 10 points from 17 matches and have a long way to go in order to loosen the noose of relegation. United Sikkim FC (15 points) and Air India (19) are the two teams Mohun Bagan have to surpass first to dispel the relegation fears.

“I hope my players understand the situation and get organized more effectively,” Bencherifa said adding that the team’s most prolific striker Odafa has recovered well.

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