Khalid Jamil: “Tomorrow is our last chance.”

Mumbai F.C will host Shillong Lajong in a relegation battle match in the HERO I-league when they meet each other at Cooperage Stadium on Sunday evening.

Khalid Jamil’s side who is at the bottom of the league needs to win this tie anyhow to stand a chance of surviving this season.

The Gaffer himself accepted its a must win match for The Yellow Submarines.

“Everytime we have face Lajong it hasn’t been a easy match. If you take them leniently they will punish you.”

“Tomorrow is our last chance, its a do or die situation. It will be very difficult to beat them considering their better record against us.” Head Coach Khalid added.

When asked about what changes does Mumbai F.C need, Khalid said: “Our home performance has been good but we have been quite bad in away games.”

“We have played defensive football in most of our games, given our situation we need to play attacking football now.” Khalid said ahead of their game against Shillong Lajong.

“Other than Pratik, who is suspended for tomorrow’s game, rest everyone is fit and available.” Khalid said when asked about the availability of players.

Khalid seemed quite impressed with  Lajong’s Forward Penn Orgi who is having a great season so far.

“Penn has been good this season, he scored two great goals in their last match. Along with Penn even Lajong’s junior players has been impressive.”

Like Khalid, Lajong’s gaffer Thangboi Singto also spoke about the importance of tomorrow’s match.

“A good result is a must for us and as well as for Mumbai FC. It is going to be a tough game as the last game against Goa we didn’t perform as we expected to. We are professionals so we’re ready to take all the challenges tomorrow.”

“Mumbai FC has one of the best individuals, foreigners and as well as Indians. They have good players in each of the positions.” Thangboi added.

Thangboi also announced that Defender Aiborlang Khongjee will miss the match following an injury.

“Aiborlang Khongjee has not travelled with the squad as he is injured. Along with him, our Brazilian Striker Uilliams is suspended and will miss the match.”

On the competitiveness of I-league, Thangboi said: “This is a competitive league, you have to fight for every position, right from the top to bottom.”

“This is the ground where we had our best result in the history of Lajong. So playing on artificial turf won’t bother us.” Lajong’s Head Coach Thangboi added.

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