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'Risen from their ruins' - Indian football fraternity laud Odisha FC's qualification to AFC Cup knockouts

Published at :December 11, 2023 at 11:26 PM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 6:44 PM
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(Courtesy :ย Odisha FC Media)

Rutvij Joshi


Mourtada โ€˜Fallโ€™ helped Odisha FC โ€˜riseโ€™ to the next round of the AFC Cup.

In a thrilling encounter at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha FC secured their place in the AFC Cup Inter-zone playoff semi-finals, overcoming 10-men Basundhara Kings with a 1-0 victory. Senegalese defender Mourtada Fall emerged as the hero, soaring his team to a crucial win that sealed their qualification for the knockout stage.

The journey to the AFC Cup knockout stage was anything but smooth for the Juggernauts. Initial setbacks in the form of defeats against Mohun Bagan and Basundhara Kings in the Group D matches raised doubts about their qualification prospects. However, Sergio Loberaโ€™s men orchestrated a remarkable comeback, winning all four subsequent games and navigating a topsy-turvy three-way battle that included Bashundhara Kings and fellow ISL side Mohun Bagan Super Giant.

The victory against Basundhara Kings was a testament to Odisha FCโ€™s resilience and determination. The players showcased their mettle, bouncing back from adversity and securing the crucial win needed to advance. The atmosphere at the Kalinga Stadium was electric, and fans witnessed a display of skill and teamwork that left them in awe.

Social media erupted with praise for Odisha FC, hailing the teamโ€™s tenacity and spirit. Fans, media, and football enthusiasts took to Twitter (X) to express their admiration for the Juggernautsโ€™ journey to the AFC Cup knockouts. The hashtag #OdishaFC and related terms trended as supporters celebrated the historic achievement.

The Club owner and management were quick to express their delight on social media platforms, lauding the players and the coaching staff for their efforts. Sergio Lobera, in particular, received widespread acclaim for his tactical acumen and leadership.

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