The Aizawl boss wants to get three points against his former team…
In Round 4 of the I-league Mumbai FC will host in-form Aizawl FC at the Cooperage Stadium on Sunday evening. In what is termed as the ‘homecoming’ of some familiar faces, the men in yellow will hope to bounce back after a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of reigning champions Bengaluru FC.
A quite odd situation has also been established for the Mumbai FC fans prior to the match as they will be witnessing Ashutosh Mehta and Jayesh Rane who are facing their former club for the first time since their move to high-flying Aizawl FC.
Mehta and Rane have been instrumental for the side in all these years at the the Mumbaikars and have also gone on to become fan favorites. The duo had gain promotion all the way from the youth academy to the senior side of Mumbai FC together and it seems they are bound to play alongside each other after their move to Aizawl FC.
Though they are not the only ones to make a return to Cooperage, coach Khaild Jamil who has managed Mumbai FC for a long spell is also set to return as the gaffer of Aizawl FC.
“It feels good to make a return at Cooperage. I have not thought about the reception I will receive tomorrow, but I am hopeful it’s good,” Khalid quipped at the pre-match press conference.
On being asked about tomorrow’s target, Jamil said, “I am positive heading towards the match. Our only target is to get all three points.”
“They (Mumbai FC) have been playing well this season and although they lost against Bengaluru FC due to silly goals, Mumbai FC is still a good side under Santosh Kashyap,” Jamil added.
On preparations, the former Mumbai FC head coach said, “We are just preparing the way we have prepared this season. It will be a tough away match and to take something out of this match, we must not take Mumbai FC lightly at all.”
“There is no difference between Aizawl FC and Mumbai FC’s spell. I have enjoyed my spell at Mumbai and I feel it will be the same way here,” Jamil said before concluding his press conference.