Shillong-based outfit Rangdajied United FC are waiting for a chance victory that will boost their chances of survival in the I-League. Though being bottom of the I-League, Rangdajied United have shown signs of improvement, doing exceedingly well in the Federation Cup and then losing narrowly to defending champions Churchill Brothers when the I-League resumed early this week.
For long now, says coach Santosh Kashyap, his team has been putting up impressive performances, although they do not have much to show in the points tally.
“The team has been playing well but our only concern is that we are not converting the chances. We must improve on that count,” said Kashyap.
Rangdajied United play their second consecutive match in Goa and unlike their previous loss against Churchill Brothers, Kashyap said they cannot afford to make the same mistakes when they meet Dempo SC at Tilak Maidan in Vasco on Saturday.
“The way we are playing, I am confident that we can secure a win. The problem is the scoring. If there is a goal, everybody is energised but if we continue to miss chances, than the defence too finds it difficult to hold up for ninety minutes,” he said.
Rangdajied United with just 12 points are at the bottom of the pool but Dempo SC, with 16 points and having played an extra match, are not in the most comfortable position either. A win for Rangdajied will take them within a point of the former champions and still have one match in hand.
“It’s important that we don’t allow this match to slip out of our hands,” said the Rangdajied United coach.
Dempo have shown signs of improvement, after the arrivals of players like Sanju Pradhan from IMG-Reliance, Haroon Amiri (Mumbai FC) and Australian striker Tolgay Ozbey (Mohammedan Sporting). The trio have strengthened Dempo and coach Arthur Papas is likely to rely on the new trio to see his side through.
Dempo’s semifinal appearance at the Federation Cup was proof enough that this side is progressing, although it is the I-League that requires the team to show their true colours.