MARGAO: Salgaocar Sports Club are confident they can secure their first I-League victory when they face Pailan Arrows in a third round clash at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on Sunday.
Salgaocar have just one point from two matches and are desperate for their maiden victory. And, certainly it can’t get better if they can start winning from their first home match of the season.
Interim coach Peter Valles has no doubt that the players will rise to the occasion. Valles is deputising for Karim Bencherifa, who is serving his one month notice period as he is taking charge of Mohun Bagan next month.
“We cannot afford to mess up in this match. We are without a win from two matches and we are playing our first match at home. It is imperative that we win three points and nothing less,” said Valles.
Valles said that although Bencherifa had stepped down, the mood in the team was upbeat. The players are quite charged up after Bencherifa had a word with the team on Saturday and asked the players to continue to give their best.
Valles admitted that he would only continue with the way Bencherifa had been practicing right from the start of the season. “There will not be too many changes either in the team composition or the formation. We are ready,” said the former technical director.
Sporting desperate for maiden win
After a great start to their I-League campaign, Shillong Lajong will host Sporting Clube de Goa in a third round match at JN Sports Complex in Shillong on Sunday.
Lajong defeated Mohun Bagan 2-0 in their first match to give their campaign a dream start and then held Salgaocar SC 1-1 in the next match.
On the other hand, it has not been easy for the Goan side, who were thrashed 0-5 by Dempo after they had managed to hold East Bengal 0-0 in their first match.