We have nothing to lose, will go all out: Rosario

We have nothing to lose, will go all out: Rosario

Shillong Lajong players during a practice session. PTI

Lajong, who shocked I-League champions Churchill Brothers 1-0 to book their maiden final berth in the tournament on Wednesday, will miss the service of five regular players, including regular captain Aibor Khongjee.
Besides, two foreigners Daniel Bedemi and James Giblee would also miss the summit clash due to double booking, which Rosario stated as a "big worry".
"But we will have to handle it," Rosario said from Guwahati.

"It will be a big scenario, a big match and a lot of expectations will be there. We have nothing to lose. The boys have done a fantastic job so far in the tournament and they have showed what they can do," Rosario added.
A capacity-stadium will be rallying behind Lajong, who have impressed everyone with their giant killing spree and became the only team from north-east to reach the finals of the country's top league-cum-knockout tournament.

Hoping the team will not falter against the Kolkata outfit, Rosario said Lajong will be relying heavily on key strikers Seikhohau Tuboi -- who had scored against Dempo, Air India and Churchill Brothers, and Anil Gurung.

"There would be no pressure on us. The boys are doing better every day and they look determined. East Bengal is a top-class side and they would be under pressure to win," Rosario said.
This is East Bengal's 13th final appearance, while their rookie opponents had qualified for the premier I-League only a few months back and has been on a giant killing spree in this competition so far.

In the I-League this year, the Lajong boys had stunned Air India in their maiden appearance and beat East Bengal in the Durand Cup last year.
Back home, hundreds of Lajong fans from here are expected to rush to the Assam town to support their team.
Lajong management has booked 1200 tickets for their fans, while the Meghalaya Transport Corporation has arranged special bus services to Guwahati tomorrow to facilitate the football lovers.
The 24,000-capacity Nehru Stadium in Guwahati is likely to be packed with fans wearing Lajong jerseys and carrying placards and flags to cheer "their own" side.
"I want to win the final. We hope we can give a new year gift to the people with the win," said Rosario.
A signature campaign 'Go Lajong Go' is being organised in here today with supporters endorsing their signature in a chart, which will be carried to the venue.

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