FC Goa They will consider strengthening their new momentum when they take on the low-lying Northeast United FC against Northeast United FC. Indian Super League (ISL) Friday at Bambolim’s Athletic Stadium. Tomorrow’s game will make history as two Indian head coaches – Derrick Pereira and Khalid Jamil – will lock the horns in the league for the first time. “I am happy that the Indian coach is getting the opportunity to lead. If you give them a little more opportunity and exposure they will thrive more and prove themselves at a higher level, “said Pereira.
In SC East Bengal, after Jose Manuel Diaz parted ways with the team, former India captain Rennie Singh led the team for three matches.
Under Derrick Pereira, Goa won its last game against Chennai FC and had earlier scored points against Kerala Blasters. Gours is ninth in the table with 12 points from 10 games and Pereira will be hoping to start the second leg from the front foot.
For Goa, Jorge Ortiz is a key figure and since returning from a two-match suspension, the Spaniard has been flashing all the guns. Ortiz put the ball behind the net in all three matches he played, now making four nets and providing three assists so far. In the last match, Ortiz scored the winner from outside the box. Goa also retained their first clean sheet this season and Anwar Ali’s impressive debut was another highlight for them.
“The table does not reflect the quality we have. The league is unpredictable but right now our focus is on the next match instead of focusing on the long term. However, with the process we have, I’m sure we can stay on top, “Pereira commented.
For Northeast, who are 10th below Goa, have not won their last three matches due to defeat against Jamshedpur FC. Head coach Khalid Jamil may be heartbroken by the fact that Deshorn Brown has got his scoring shoes.
Brown scored two goals in Northeast United’s 3-2 defeat against Jamshedpur. He has now scored five goals in his last two matches for the club. The Northeast beat Goa 2-1 when the two sides met for the first time this season.
Jamil was not lacking in praise for his compatriot Pereira. “Thanks to Derrick, once he came in, the team looked good. They have played some good matches and adapted well to the new formation. It will be a good challenge for our team, “said Jamil.