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Mohammedan SC vs FC Goa: Build-up

The 131st edition of the Durand Cup kicks off on Tuesday, 16th August, 2022. The longest-running competition in Asian football is set to act as a curtain-raiser for the new Indian football season. 11 teams from the Indian Super League (ISL), five from the I-League and four Army teams will fight for the title. In the opening game, defending champions FC Goa will face Mohammedan SC. It’ll be a recap of last year’s finale, which the Gaurs barely managed to win. The Black Panthers are out for revenge and also to kick off their campaign in spectacular fashion in front of home fans. However, a young FC Goa side will look to play spoilsport and prove their mettle.

The Black Panthers have a fully fit squad to choose from for the Durand Cup opener. Unlike their opponents, they’ll at least be able to make use of some quality foreigners. FC Goa, of course, have sent their development squad to the Durand Cup. This is because their senior squad is yet to commence with their pre-season training. Out of the squad of 26, only four are part of the senior team – Muhammed Nemil, Hrithik Tiwari, Ayush Chhetri and Phrangki Buam.

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Mohammedan SC and FC Goa have locked horns once prior to this encounter. That dates back to October, 2021, in the grand finale of the very same event. The match remained witness to an extra-time free kick goal from Edu Bedia which shattered the silverware hopes of the Black Panthers.

Mohammedan SC will be hopeful of turning the tide and bagging all three points. Meanwhile, it will be a challenge for Deggie Cardozo’s young Gaurs to stop the Black Panthers in their track!

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