Salgaocar is boosted by the return of Brazilian captain Luciano Sobrosa, but will be without suspended duo Irungbam Khelemba Singh and Rocus Lamare while Nigerian striker Chidi Edeh and Japanese midfielder Ryuji Sueoka will be missed again due to injury. Further French midfielder Maxim Belouet is also not fully fit as is the case with Biswajit Saha and Rahul Kumar.
“We have played 24 rounds in the I-League and most of our players are nearing 40 matches this season, it’s a tough season for the players. Having said that, I would also like to stress that tomorrow’s game will be a challenge for us,” added Bencherifa.
For Al Arouba it is about taking the points back home to stay in contention for a place in the pre-quarterfinals.
“The match against Salgaocar will be our last chances to maintain any hope of qualifying to the next stage especially after losing two important points in the previous match against Neftchi,” said Al Arouba coach Mukhtar Mukhtar.
“Winning against Salgaocar will open the door for us to compete for a place in the next stage especially because we will host Al Wehdat at home in the last match,” Mukhtar added.
Published with permission from Arunava about Football.