Resurgent Sporting Clube gear up for Pune FC in I-League

January 31st, 2012 - 9:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Margao, Jan 31 (IANS) Sporting Clube de Goa have been forced to reshuffle most of their side as they gear up for a rejuvenated Pune FC in the 18th round of the I-League at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, here Wednesday.

Sporting Clube saw two of their players — Jovel Martins and Adil Khan — sent off in the last match against Prayag United. Even influential defender Keita Boubacar will also miss the next tie due to a double booking.

“We are facing huge problems at the back. Keita is suspended, Jovel got sent off in the last match and Boboi Singh was injured against Mohun Bagan when Odafe elbowed him. It will be a tough ask to come up with a strong defence,” said Sporting Clube technical director Alex Alvares.

Sporting Clube are on a unbeaten run in their last five matches, winning three and drawing the other two.

Alvares hopes to carry on the momentum against the visitors.

“Despite the setbacks, our advantage is that we are playing at home. The players are motivated and I am sure they will grab full points,” said Alvares.

Pune FC are also on a unbeaten nine match run and have looked good enough to give any side a run for their money. With Abhra Mondal in goal and Keita Mandjou striking with ease, Derrick Pereira’s side have only grown in stature.

Sporting Clube have 24 points from 17 matches while Pune FC have 28 points.

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