Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Friday ended the suspense over the hosting of the Indian Super League (ISL) tie between FC Goa and FC Pune City in Fatorda on Saturday, saying he has spoken to the state police department and asked them to provide the required security.
"Security will be provided for the ISL match," Parsekar said, ending the suspense, after the Goa Police insisted that they were not in a position to provide manpower for the 8 October match, scheduled to be held here, in view of the upcoming BRICS meet which is scheduled to be held on 15-16 October.
Police had maintained that they were already short-staffed due to BRICS-related sanitising and security procedures.
Parsekar said that since the match was pre-scheduled and in the interest of Goa, police had been directed to make manpower available to provide security cover for the event.
FC Goa were handed a defeat by NorthEast United FC in their opening clash and coach Zico now needs to inspire his squad to register the first win of the season.
FC Goa looked good in patches against NorthEast United FC. They did not score against their rivals but Zico remains confident in his team's ability to fight back.
"I think we played well. We tried our best, we fought but we couldn't overcome them. This is just the beginning of the league. The first year too we started the league with a defeat but later we overcame it. We have to keep going to work on that," the Brazilian legend said.