Mohun Bagan to face Churchill Brothers

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

Football giants Mohun Bagan are in a do or die situation knowing that have to at least draw their last match against Churchill Brothers on Wednesday.

Mohun Bagan to face Churchill Brothers
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Kolkata:

Football giants Mohun Bagan are in a do or die situation knowing that have to at least draw their last match against Churchill Brothers on Wednesday to avoid being relegated to the second division. Three years ago, Bagan beat Churchill to win the National Football League. Now it is desperately hoping to draw Churchill to beat relegation. "We have to do or die. Strategy is fine, but now we don't have a choice. Mohun Bagan is a big national club. So we players should understand what is our aim and duty. We have to work hard and win the match," said Noel Wilson, member, Mohun Bagan Team. A 4-0 win against Tollygunge in its last fixture is keeping the players going, and also coach Amal Dutta, who replaced Subrata Bhattacharya mid-League amid controversy. "We will overcome, overcome. And we have already overcome. We already have 22 points. We need one more. We are sure to win," said Amal Dutta, coach, Mohun Bagan. Hit by infighting Club management politicking has been Mohun Bagan's undoing. But with relegation a real possibility, its secretary and assistant secretary, two men who are at daggers drawn, visited the players to boost morale. Their visits, however, coincide. "Our club is fighting relegation. That is only because of the special officers appointed by the High Court. They have no knowledge of football. And they appointed some person who has no knowledge about football. That is the main problem," said Anjan Mitra, Secretary, Mohun Bagan. "I didn't ask to manage the club. I was told to do so by court officials. Earlier they asked Mitra. But he refused to take responsibility. Now he wants to interfere," said Balaram Chowdhury, Assistant Secretary, Mohun Bagan. The hatchet, clearly, is far from buried. So when Mohun Bagan fights to beat relegation on Wednesday, it will not only be taking on Churchill, it will also be battling an enemy within.

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