Chirag United Kerala is all set to face Kingfisher East Bengal in their first home match at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Kochi in the eleventh round of I-League 2011-12 on Friday.
The visiting side, East Bengal, remains strong contender for this season’s title race. They are on third position with 20 points from 10 games and are three points behind the leaders. An away win against Chirag will take them level on points with current leaders Churchill Brothers SC, who lost to Pune FC in the eleventh round.
Meanwhile, Chirag Kerala looked to have found some form in the last few matches, garnering five points from the last four rounds, including a 2-1 win against Prayag United at Trivandrum last week. They are currently eleventh with eight points from 10 matches.
Chirag’s coach Nizam Packeer Ali remained optimistic of his boys’ chances against the mighty East Bengal and said “The team is brimming with confidence after defeating Prayag in the last match and he expects a lot from his players this week also.”
Chirag’s star players Ajayan along with David Sunday and Anil Kumar are available for the match.
Meanwhile, East Bengal head Coach Trevor Morgan will heavily bank on Tolgay Ozbey and Baljit Sahni to break the solid defence of Chirag Kerala guarded by foreign defenders Charles Dzisah and Isaac Boakye.
Coming from a goalless draw to Pailan Arrows, East Bengal will be desperate to take all three points back home and improve their position in the title race.
The match is slated for 6:30 PM.
Chirag United Kerala vs Kingfisher East Bengal – Head to Head – In the I League:
Total Matches – 6
Chirag United Won – Nil
Kingfisher East Bengal Won – 5
Drawn – 1
Chirag United Goals – 2
Kingfisher East Bengal Goals – 11
Last two meetings in I League
Kingfisher East Bengal 1(Tolgay Ozbey)
Viva Kerala 0 &n- bsp; &nb- sp; &nbs- p; – ; –
Kingfisher East Bengal – 3 (Syed Rahim Nabi, Penn Orji, Sushil Kumar Singh)
Viva Kerala – 0