“Although we cannot qualify we will give our best which would enable us to do well in the remainder of the season,” Trevor added.
Meanwhile captain Sanju Pradhan, who has been nominated for Fan Player of the Year, added, “We will give our best in the match which would inspire us to do well in rest of the matches.”
For Al Orouba (third in the table) the match has special significance as they need the three points to keep the pressure on table toppers Arbil from Iraq and Kuwaitis Kazma SC.
Al Orouba coach Mohammed Saleh said before the game, “East Bengal is a strong and organized team, moreover they do not have any pressure and would go all out to win the match. This would be one of the most difficult matches for us and we will have to be at our best to win this match. Three points from this game would facilitate our qualification chances otherwise we would be eliminated.”
Published with permission from Arunava about Football.