Mohun Bagan looks to consolidate position in AFC Cup

Mohun Bagan has been on a roll this season, having remained unbeaten for 11 matches in I-League besides tasting victory in both the continental AFC Cup matches. Bagan would look to continue its impressive form against Yangon United of Myanmar at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Guwahati.

Mohun Bagan will look to maintain its lead at the top of the table when it faces Yangon United of Myanmar on Wednesday.   -  NS

On a dream run in the domestic season, I-League champion Mohun Bagan would look to maintain its unbeaten streak and remain on top of the group in the AFC Cup football tournament when it takes on Yangon United of Myanmar here tomorrow.

Mohun Bagan has been on a roll this season, having remained unbeaten for 11 matches in I-League besides tasting victory in both the continental AFC Cup matches. Bagan would look to continue its impressive form against the visiting Myanmar side at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium.

The Kolkata side, which is playing here after Salt Lake Stadium has been locked down in view of next year’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup, has scored easy victories over Maziya Sports & Recreation of Maldives and South China of Hong Kong to be on top of Group G with six points.

The reigning I-League champion had an easy outing in its opening match as it drubbed Maziya Sports & Recreation 5-2 at the same venue on February 24 before thrashing South China on May 9 in its first away match of the tournament.

Mohun Bagan is understandably high on confidence but it will have to guard against complacency as tomorrow’s match is expected to be the toughest so far in its AFC Cup campaign.

Yangon United is on second spot in the group with one win (against South China) and a draw (against Maziya Sports & Recreation).

Mohun Bagan is also without Trinidadian striker Cornell Glen who suffered a groin injury during his side’s 2-0 win over Mumbai FC in their last I-League match, though the ’Mariners’ will have the services of head coach Sanjoy Sen who has been handed eight-match domestic ban by the AIFF for his outbursts against AIFF.

A win tomorrow would further increase Mohun Bagan’s (six points) two-point lead over Yangon United (four) to five and that would give the Kolkata side virtually a place in the knockout phase of the continent’s second tier club competition.

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