I-League set to resume at Cooperage after four years as Mumbai FC take on Sporting

This would be the local club's first match at the Cooperage after over four years.

hidden February 03, 2015 22:37:22 IST
I-League set to resume at Cooperage after four years as Mumbai FC take on Sporting

Having lost all their three games so far this season, I-League team Mumbai FC is hoping for a turnaround in their fortunes when they play their first home match here on February 8 against Sporting Clube de Goa.

"When we start a season we are always a bit weak but as the season progresses, we perform. I hope this year, we start (performing better) from Cooperage stadium," Mumbai FC coach Khalid Jamil told reporters here today.

ILeague set to resume at Cooperage after four years as Mumbai FC take on Sporting

A view from Cooperage's new stands. Firstpost/Pulasta Dhar

"The three matches definitely were not good. Now we will be playing on our home ground so it will be good. We will get support also. The first match (at home) is always difficult. If the first match is good then everything will be good," he added.

This would be the local club's first match at the Cooperage after over four years - the refurbished football stadium was inaugurated last year - and the former India mid-fielder said his team would be under pressure after a string of defeats.

"We are playing after over four years and the result in previous games did not go our way. So definitely we will be playing under pressure and but we have to perform," he said.

Mumbai FC is yet to sign a marquee player and the 37-year-old former Mahindra United player-turned-coach said they might look at a striker or a mid-fielder.

"We will play a few more matches and then decide (on signing a marquee player). We have shortlisted a few but AIFF (apex football body) is yet to clear them."

Mumbai FC has roped in Playwin as their main sponsor.

PTI

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