131st IndianOil Durand Cup First Semi-Final Preview – Mumbai City FC up against local favourites Mohammedan Sporting

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Mohammedan SC (black & white) played against Kerala Blasters (yellow &Blue) in the Quarter Final 1 for the Durand cup football 2022 played at VYBK (Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan) stadium in Kolkata on, 09-09-2022. Pic/ Romel Adhikary/ Durand Cup
Mohammedan SC (black & white) played against Kerala Blasters (yellow &Blue) in the Quarter Final 1 for the Durand cup football 2022 played at VYBK (Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan) stadium in Kolkata on, 09-09-2022. Pic/ Romel Adhikary/ Durand Cup
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131st IndianOil Durand Cup First Semi-Final PreviewMumbai City FC up against local favorites Mohammedan Sporting

Kolkata, Tuesday, September 13, 2022: The Des Buckingham coached Indian Super League (ISL) side Mumbai City FC (MCFC) face up to the challenge of local favourites Mohammedan Sporting (MDSP) in the first semi-final of the 131st IndianOil Durand Cup at Kolkata’s Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. The match is scheduled for a 6.00 pm IST kick-off.

Catch the semi-finals and final of the 131st IndianOil Durand Cup LIVE on:

–       Live Telecast: Sports18 1 SD & HD, and Sports18 Khel 

–       Live Stream: VOOT

–       Kick-off: Mumbai City FC v Mohammedan Sporting @ 6.00 pm (Sep 14, 2022)

On paper, the Islanders might be having the slight edge going into the big game on Wednesday, given the sheer menacing nature of their attacking game and the quality and experience of the overall squad. But if the Islanders have scored 18 times in the tournament so far, the highest among all 20 teams, the Black & White brigade have been no slouch having scored a dozen times themselves. They have looked very well organized and settled under Russian coach Andrey Chernyshov, letting in just two in their campaign to the Islanders 10. MDSP also gave fellow semi-finalists Bengaluru FC a run for their money in a 1-1 draw and have played a pleasing brand of football.

Greg Stewart and Lallianzuala Chhangte have been the leading lights of the MCFC campaign scoring 13-times between them- the latter currently the tournament highest scorer with seven goals to his name. With the addition of experienced Senegalese defender Mourtada Fall and ace distributor Rowlin Borges, the Islanders now also look even more balanced and potent. 

Little wonder then that Des Buckingham was a picture of calm and confidence in the pre-match presser when he said, “We will try to win within 90 minutes.” He was however respectful of his opponents adding, “Mohammedan are a good side. Look at the way they are playing. They will be playing on their home ground. I respect all the players of Mohammedan. Joseph is a good player, even Dauda. The way both the teams play I hope it’s going be an interesting game tomorrow. Looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”

Buckingham was referring to MDSP’s own recent lethal addition to the side, Nigerian striker Abiola Dauda, who struck twice in his debut for the Black & Whites, in the quarter-finals against the Kerala Blasters. With the new found assist powers of Trinidadian Marcus Joseph, the Mumbai defence will have a task on its hand and that is where Buckingham will believe that Fall can play a big role.

Coach Chernyshov was also aware of the enormity of the task at hand. He said at the pre-match presser, “Mumbai is a strong team. But we have prepared ourselves. If we can play in our own style and play good football then we can get good results. Tomorrow we are expecting a really difficult game. This is one step from the final, so an important game. Both teams have played nicely so they will want to win. Tomorrow’s match will be good for the supporters because they are going to witness a very good match.”

In football there are quality players, good coaches, favourite teams and underdogs. There are pitch conditions and there is the home crowd and there are stakes. And all those factors converge on Wednesday at the VYBK. Expect a tight but mouthwatering game of football.

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Suman Munshi

Founder Editor of IBG NEWS (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018). Recipient of Udar Akash Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain Award 2018. National Geographic & Canon Wild Clicks 2011 jury and public poll winner. Studied Post Graduate Advance Dip in Computer Sc., MBA IT,LIMS (USA & Australia), GxP(USA & UK),BA (Sociology) Dip in Journalism (Ireland), Diploma in Vedic Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, Vastu Shastra & Feng Sui 25 years in the digital & IT industry with Global MNCs' worked & traveled in USA, UK, Europe, Singapore, Australia, Bangladesh & many other countries. Education and Training advance management and R&D Technology from India, USA, UK, Australia. Over 30 Certification from Global leaders in R&D and Education. Computer Science Teacher, IT & LIMS expert with a wide fan following in his community. General Secretary West Bengal State Committee of All Indian Reporter’s Association
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