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I-League 2018: East Bengal coach Khalid Jamil feels Minerva Punjab has the best chance to win the league

789   //    07 Mar 2018, 21:42 IST

East Bengal will face NEROCA FC on the final match-day of the I-League

East Bengal coach Khalid Jamil feels that Minerva Punjab FC have the best chance to win the I-League although the Kolkata giants can still edge past the other three to clinch the title.

On being asked whether the Punjab based team has the best shot, Khalid Jamil said agreed to the fact in the pre-match conference on the eve of the matchday.

He added by saying, “They have more points and they are at the top. This is the last match and they are leading the table, they have a better chance of winning the title.”

East Bengal had a bright chance of winning the I-League but their title aspirations suffered a setback when they split points with Shillong Lajong FC in their last encounter in the North-Eastern state. Following the draw, the chances of the red and gold brigade to claim the I-League title became slim, and will now have to depend on other results for their fate.

With three matches to kick-off simultaneously, the last match day of the I-League is promising to be a memorable one. This is the first time that any four teams at the top of the table will have a chance to get a hand on the coveted I-League trophy.

Minerva Punjab FC has the best chance of making it through with just a win required. NEROCA FC, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan can also win the league but will have to depend on the results of each other. While East Bengal will play NEROCA FC, Mohun Bagan will play away to Gokulam FC.

With the ISL almost overshadowing the I-League, it is very good to see such intense competition in the latter. Never ever has Indian football witnessed a day where four teams will be aiming for the most coveted trophy in the country playing their games at the same time on the final matchday of the season. Indeed, this has been a special year for Indian football!

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