Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Report by
East Bengal Gears Up For Lajong Challenge in Siliguri.
With "Boro" derby hangover yet to settle down, Kingfisher East Bengal prepares to take on Lajong F.C at Kanchenjungha stadium. After a lackluster derby performance, TJM & his boys would try to reinstate their dominant display that was evident in last 6 games before the derby.
Thangboi Sinto's side has always been a thorn in the flesh for the Red & Golds & the East Bengal gaffer would have unpleasant memories of Fed Cup 2016, where they bowed out against the side from the hills.
Currently, Lajong FC is 4th in the I-League table with 12 points with their Cameroon frontman Aser Pierrick Dipanda (Dicka) leading the race for the Golden Boot with 7 goals in 8 games.
East Bengal FC has only conceded 3 goals in their 8 matches & shares undefeated tag with their arch rivals. The new Aussie recruit might be unveiled in this match as per TJM said: " We will see his condition & then decide whether to include him in the 18 man squad".
There has been some confusion already with the practice schedule as Sinto in his press conference conveyed "We reached the hotel at around 1 o' clock and we had lunch thereafter. After some rest, we reached the ground to start training at 4:30 pm and finished up an hour later. He further added, "Even today we asked for an evening session but did not get that. We just look for the coaches' and players' concern. I think the timing could have been better. We respect that they have to maintain the ground. If it was at our home, things could have been the same so no problem."
With East Bengal's tedious Derby display & Lajong FC fresh off a loss to DSK Shivajians, this would be a mouth-watering clash as both sides would look to notch up 3 points & strengthen their position in the first phase of I-League 2016-2017. East Bengal has the momentum to increase their lead to 5 points as their arch rivals Mohun Bagan AC will lock horns with Mumbai FC in an away match later in the day.
The match won't be telecast live on Ten 2 but will be streamed on http://i-league.org/ on 15th Feb 2017 from Kanchenjungha Stadium in Siliguri.