Holders Salgaocar eye win against relegated Chirag United

Margao, April 28: Defending champions Salgaocar Sports Club take on Chirag United Kerala in an I-League football encounter at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, here Sunday.

Chirag United Kerala are on 17 point from 24 outings while Salgaocar have 40 points from 24 matches.

The defending champions are already out of the title race and can, at best, finish second behind Dempo Sports Club.

Coach Karim Bencherifa, however, has asked his side to first secure a home win against relegated Chirag Kerala rather than pondering over mathematical calculations.

Salgaocar are suffering from player injuries. Japanese striker Ryuji Sueoka has now fully recovered from injury and is expected to play against Chirag Kerala. The likes of Gilbert Oliveira and Augustine Fernandes will join Nigerian striker Edeh Chidi on the sidelines adding strength to the side.

Bencherifa, feels Chirag will be a dangerous side to play.

“They do not have anything to lose. Also, you need to consider that some of the players will be looking to impress other clubs and what better way to do than a strong performance against a strong team like Salgaocar,” said Bencherifa.

Salgaocar Sports Club are targeting six points from their remaining two matches in the I-League and hoping to finish as high as possible.

IANS