12/23/2018 4:04:14 PM (GMT+3)

Mohammedan coach refutes favourites tag 

Mohammedan coach refutes favourites tag 

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting will meet East Bengal GTA Chairman's Gold Cup final on Sunday at Mela Ground in Kalimpong on Sunday.

The Black Panthers eased past Oil India Dhulijan 2-0 while East Bengal were pushed to their limits by Kalighat Milan Sangha in other semis and secured their spot in the final after surviving a penalty shootout with goalkeeper Mirshad K proving their hero in the shootout.

Mohammedan is tipped as the favourites against East Bengal, who are comprised of Under-18 and few senior players Surabuddin Mallick, Koushik Sarkar, Hira Mondal and Mirshad.

“We are not favourites,” said Mohammedan Sporting coach Nandy. "The set up for both teams is almost similar. Both teams have the equal chance of winning the competition. They are very youthful and exciting; very quick coming out. They have a very experienced coach on the bench and those are the challenges we have to face. We would love to win it, but it doesn’t only come through wishes, we have to work hard for it.”

Skipper Philip Adjah Tetteh has already netted four goals in the competition and the team would be surely looking at him for inspiration, but Adjah insists the occasion will not be personal as he looks to help the team further their preparations ahead of what is setting up to be an grueling Hero 2nd Division League season.

“It’s a big game. It’s not about me but about the club, supporters and everyone behind the team,” said Adjah. “We want to do our best, we want to see how far we can go in preparing for the 2nd Division League, and yeah it’s a big test for us but we’re looking forward to it. The team is looking sharp, and everyone is just one happy family.”