I-League: Churchill eyes first win against Chennai City FC

Former champions Churchill Brothers would look to snap its four-match losing streak and post its first win when it faces Chennai City FC in the opening home match of the I-League here on Tuesday.

Chennai City FC players are put through their paces at training on the eve of the match.   -  Special Arrangement

Former champions Churchill Brothers would look to snap its four-match losing streak and post its first win when it faces Chennai City FC in the opening home match of the I-League here on Tuesday.

Churchill had a disastrous start this season, having lost all its four matches it has played so far and it desperately need a win when it takes the field at Tilak Maidan on Tuesday.

It was unlucky not to collect a point in its previous match as Willis Plaza’s stoppage time goal saw East Bengal collect full points.

Earlier, Churchill failed to collect a point against defending champion Aizawl FC. It is now lying at the bottom without a point from four matches.

Chennai City FC is one point above Churchill.

Churchill coach Alfred Fernandes, who is looking after the team in the absence of sacked Mykola Shevchenko, said his team can bounce back in the league with a win.

“It’s really frustrating to see the team lose in the stoppage time twice. We did well against East Bengal and deserved a point which would have boosted our confidence,” he said.

“There is no need to ring alarm bells at this stage as we have lot of matches to play, to come out of relegation. A win tomorrow in front of our home fans against Chennai City FC who are also struggling like us will help the team to gain confidence,” said Fernandes.

Nigerian Ogba Kalu, who returned to the team and has played in the last match against East Bengal, will play the vital role in the team’s attack.

Chennai City too is at the bottom half of the league table and would look for a win. Coach V. Soundarajan was optimistic of his team beating Churchill.

“It’s going to be a good contest as both teams are lying at the bottom and will fight for a win. Churchill brothers are a good side and are tough side to beat at home. My boys are prepared and are looking for entertaining football,” said Soundarajan.

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