MATCH REPORT: Durand Cup 2022: Chhangte’s brace steers Mumbai City FC to a 4-1 win over Indian Navy
Which teams are playing in the Durand Cup today?
Mumbai City FC and Indian Navy will be in action on Matchday 3 of the Durand Cup 2022.
The “Big Boys” of Mumbai City FC coached by Des Buckingham are first up on Matchday 3 in a Group B game at the VYBK against an Indian Navy football team which is a settled side with some experienced and talented players, and on its day can give you a run for your money, in an otherwise David versus Goliath contest.
The Navy men’s coach VS Abhilash summed it up perfectly when he said, “We are playing against one of the best teams in Asia and one of the Durand cup favourites. Many big names in their squad.
We have analysed their last year ISL & AFC matches. Accordingly we have some plan. Looking for three points nothing less than that.”
Big names that coach Abhilash was referring to were not limited to India regulars like Rahul Bheke, Bipin Singh, Rowlin Borges, Mandar Rao Desai, Vikram Pratap Singh and Lallianzuala Changte, but also the foreign Big Guns like Senegalese Mourtada Fall, Moroccan Ahmed Jahouh, Scotsman Gary Stewart and new recruits from the A-League like Rostyn John Griffiths and Jorge Pereyra-Diaz.
The Islanders, on the other hand, will rely on the leadership of Dalraj Singh from deep defence, the wing-play of the likes of P.M. Britto and Pintu Mahata as well as the sharpness of their Kerala centre-forward Sreyas VG upfront, all of whom have been plying their trades in the top Indian leagues for some time.
Des Buckingham in his pre-match chat spoke about starting well and also about his future plans with the team saying, “We've just had three weeks of a preparatory camp in Dubai before we've come here because we wanted to prepare as well as we can firstly for this tournament, and then secondly, for the ISL.
But, I won't disrespect this tournament and say we're using it as a preparation for ISL because it is the oldest competition in Asia and it's our first time competing. So of course, we want to try and do as well as we can. We must make sure that we get off to a good start and that's making sure we only look at the first game within the group.”
The Mumbai gaffer added, “For me as a coach, for us as a playing group and as a club, we want to continue where we left off in the AFC Champions League last season, which is continuing to build our brand of football, continuing to give players opportunities to showcase what they can do, whether it's on the Asian stage or here at the Durand Cup or whether it's in preparation for the ISL.
So for me, of course, it's going to be our first competitive game against the Indian Navy, but it's very much important that we try and pick up where we left off at the back end of last season.”
When is Mumbai City FC vs Indian Navy in Durand Cup?
Mumbai City vs Indian Navy FT is being played at the Salt Lake Stadium (Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan) in Kolkata.
Where is Mumbai City FC vs Indian Navy being played?
The match between Mumbai City FC vs Indian Navy FT is scheduled for a 3 pm kick-off IST.
Where can I watch Mumbai City FC vs Indian Navy?
The Durand Cup fixture – Mumbai City FC vs Indian Navy FT – will be aired on Sports18 and Sports18 HD.
Sports18 is available on Tata Play (Channel No. 488), Airtel Digital (Channel No. 293), JioTV+ (Channel No. 262 – SD, 261 – HD) and Sun Direct (Channel No. 505).
Where can I live stream Mumbai City vs Indian Navy?
The Durand Cup fixture – Mumbai City FC vs Indian Navy FT – will be on Voot and JioTV.