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Climate, injury is concern for coaches in Federation Cup semis
Sportslogon Team May 13th 2017


Bhubaneswar : I-League champion Aizawl FC will take on Bengaluru FC in the afternoon, while defending champion Mohun Bagan will meet East Bengal in a classy Kolkata derby under the lights in the semifinals of the Federation Cup at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Sunday.

Even as the scheduling of matches in hot and humid conditions has drawn sharp criticism from all the coaches, also expressed their concern about preserving their players as they have to play their fourth match in a week.

It will be the fourth derby of the season and perhaps the most crucial one. Incidentally, the last derby in the tournament was played at the same venue in 2010, when East Bengal had beaten Bagan 1-0 in the final.

A well-balanced Bagan, barged into the semifinal by winning two matches against DSK Shivajians and Shillong Lajong FC and drawing against Bengaluru FC in the group stage.

East Bengal, which drew with Churchill Brothers and Aizawl and won against Chennai City FC, will have to examine the injury of its defender Ivan Bukenya before finalising the final XI.

Biggest set back for Bengaluru as they will play the semifinal in absence of its captain and main attacker Sunil Chhetri, who picked up a leg muscle injury midway through its last league match against Bagan on Friday.

Bengaluru, which managed a win over Shillong, would like to stop the dream journey of Aizawl and try book a berth in the AFC Cup by winning the title.

With the keen desire to make it a rare double, Aizawl, which gave some brilliant performances as it beat Chennai and Churchill.It has to cope with the heat while playing its first day match. As like Bangaluru, The only worry for Aizawl is the fitness of defender Ashutosh Mehta. .
This news was added and updated on : May 13th 2017
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