MARGAO: Friday’s I-League match between a strong Churchill Brothers SC and a determined Salgaocar Football Club is expected to create a lot of buzz at Nehru Stadium.
Salgaocar have a new coach, Englishman David Booth, at the helm of affairs. Booth took over the team three days ago following the shock resignation of Karim Bencherifa who is expected to join Mohun Bagan later this month.
The match against Mumbai FC was Salgaocar’s first win in four matches but Booth was sitting in the stands. On Friday, Booth will sit on the Salgaocar technical bench for the first time.
“Yes, I will be on the bench overlooking the boys in action for the first time,” Booth told ‘The Navhind Times’, adding that his team is ready to take on the might of Churchill Brothers. The new coach said that his boys are training very hard and putting a lot of effort and that he is targeting a win and nothing less.
Salgaocar technical director Peter Valles has no doubt that the team is now on the right track.
“We won our last match against Mumbai FC and that is a positive sign. The players too are responding well to the new coach,” said Valles. “Booth is an experienced coach and knows how to handle the team. I can tell for sure that the players are responding well to his coaching methods and I am sure that we will continue with our winning ways,” said the technical director.
Meanwhile, Churchill Brothers coach Mariano Dias said that there were no injury worries for his side and they were all set to secure all three points in Friday’s outing.
“It’s going to be an interesting match in a close contest,” Dias said. “My boys are in a good frame of mind and they will give their best tomorrow to win the match.”
Churchill Brothers are presently second on the league table on nine points behind leaders Dempo SC (10 points) while Salgaocar are on five points to be ninth after four rounds.