Fatorda: Churchill Brothers FC has been depending on Willis Plaza to get goals and the results have been haphazard and the team will have to shrug this off when it faces Aizawl FC at the Nehru stadium today. Consistency is one key of success and it is the key Churchill is missing.
The 2019-2020 I-League season has seen Churchill Brothers on a roller coaster ride with more oomph’s than vows and the team from Goa needs to get on the winning march consistently if they want to move away from the eighth spot of the table and at least topple their rivals who are a point ahead of them but played two games more.
Apart from depending on Willis Plaza, the weakness under the horizontal has come to the fore often and whilst the former can be addressed, little can be done about the latter and that explains why they lost through an injury time goal during their last match at home against Neroca FC.
“We still have eleven matches in hand and it is important for the team to play better. We have been conceding goals and that hasn’t helped the team so far,” said Churchill Brothers captain Willis Plaza during the pre-match briefing on Friday.
“Our focus in the next match will be to play harder when we don’t have ball possession and hold a tight defensive line to ensure that we don’t let the opponents get away easily,” he added.
Churchill Brothers’ focus has been on Willis Plaza and their game plan is clear – play till the opportunity arises to feed Willis and this has stopped the others from taking a shot at goal.
“Aizawl is a tough opponent. They have speed on their side, which often causes a lot of problems and they have a very strong short pass game. They have done well in the last few encounters and I am sure they will be coming with full force against us,” admitted Willis whilst not conceding that the visitors could beat the hosts on pure speed.
Aizawl FC, on the other hand, will be coming on the back of a win against TRAU FC where they triumphed 2-0 over the side from Imphal. The star of the last match was Abdoulaye Kanouté, who scored a brace.
“After the last defeat against Real Kashmir FC, we talked to each other and also our staff helped us a lot in coming out of a mindset where we were feeling that results aren’t going our way,” stated Kanoute ahead of the match.
“At Aizawl, we play as a family and everyone in the dressing room is all cheered up at the moment and we will go into the game with a very positive approach,” he added.
“I have to credit my personal performance to the team. The only reason I am being able to do well because I have been getting very good balls from which I have been able to score. I always stick to the motto never giving up, staying focused and always believing that we can win the match,” he admitted.
The two teams shared four goals in their