Churchill coach Zoran looking to do a Milovan

April 15th, 2009 - 9:02 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Churchill Brothers’ Serbian coach Zoran Djordjevic draws inspiration from his mentor, the late Ciric Milovan, former India coach, to become the first overseas coach to win the I-League football title.
Churchill Brothers Thursday play Mohammedan Sporting in the final round and a win will make them the I-League champions for the first time. In the process, Zoran will create history.

On the match eve, Zoran said he was inspired by his compatriot Milovan, whose stint as India coach in the 80s was highly impressive.

“Whatever I am today it is all is because of Milovan, who was my coach. If I could be as successful with Churchill as Milovan was with the Indian national team, my mission of coming to India is fulfilled. If the boys could pull it off, it will be a big moment for me,” Zoran told IANS from Goa.

Zoran gives the entire credit to his players for his success with Churchill Brothers.

“I have a great bunch of players. They are a disciplined lot and work hard. We don’t have many star players and I think that has been an advantage for us. Every player knows his role and has played his part.”

The Serbian said the team’s morale was down when he took charge in September. Their Nigerian coach Emeka Ezuego fell out with the players and was sacked after the Durand Cup final loss.

“The team was going through a tough time when I took over. They needed some motivation and that’s what I had provided. The results are there for all to see,” Zoran said.

For Zoran the key to success has been attacking football. For the record, Churchill Bothers have scored 47 goals in 21 matches and Mohun Bagan are way behind in second position with 29. The actual goal difference for Churchill is 26 whereas the Kolkata team has 11.

It is the whopping 15-goal difference might eventually make all the difference if both Churchill and Mohun bagan draw their last-round matcvhes and tie at the top with 44 points.

“We have been able to score a lot of goals because of out strategy to for an all-out attack. But at the same time, we made sure that our defence is strong. If we have a great striker in Odafe, wily Gourmangi has been the backbone of the defence.”

Zoran does not want to go into the goal-difference calculation, he wants his team to win the last game fair and square.

“We want to win the I-League like champions so I am looking for nothing less than a win against Mohammedan Sporting,” he said.

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