Al Amna: ‘Last two matches will be our final hurdle’

East Bengal was at its imperial best on Saturday afternoon at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan as it washed Chennai away with nonchalant ease.

Mahmoud Al Amna was the star of the match creating a lot of chances.   -  Twitter

Fresh from its emphatic 7-1 rout of Chennai City FC in the I-League, East Bengal’s Syrian mid-fielder Mahmoud Al Amna on Sunday said it is not getting carried away by the victory and the last two games will be its ‘final hurdle’ in the title push.

East Bengal was at its imperial best on Saturday afternoon at the Salt Lake Stadium as it washed Chennai away with nonchalant ease.

Although Nigerian striker Dudu Omagbemi rolled back the years by scoring four goals, Al Amna — deployed as a striker — was the star of the match creating a lot of chances.

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“We are not getting carried away by the victory and the manner of it. One match doesn’t change anything,” Al Amna told reporters here.

The Red and Gold, placed second in the points table, has 29 points from 16 games, two behind surprise league leader Neroca FC which is on 31. But Neroca has one more match to play, against East Bengal on March 8. Third-placed Minerva Punjab FC, which takes on Aizawl in Panchkula on Monday, has three games to go with 29 points.

“The last two matches will be our final hurdle. We have to win both of them and hope for the best. I know our fate is not in our hands. But we will do what we can and that is to win the next two games,” Al Amna said.

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East Bengal plays Shillong Lajong on March 5 followed by Neroca three days later. The Kolkata giant hasn’t won the national league for the last 14 years.

“In the last game, it was not only about me or Dudu. We could not have played well had the team not supported us,” the 35-year old signed off.