KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 1-2 loss to Pathchakra Club when they take on AIFF Elite Academy on Thursday (1 June, 2017) in Group-A of the ongoing U-19 IFA Shield at Mohammedan Sporting Ground.
However, Mohammedan Sporting Club coach Zaheer Abbas Hamza knows it very well that the game against the reigning U-18 I-League champions won’t be a easy one.
AIFF Academy have beaten East Bengal 2-1 in the tournament opener and will also come hard to garner maximum points against Mohammedan Sporting Club, to secure their place in the semifinals.
“The game against Pathchakra was a tough one. The boys put on a decent performance. We had our chances but at the end it was our mistakes that proved costly,” said Hamza.
“It will be a difficult match against AIFF Academy and we must be very disciplined both in defense and attack in order to contain them because they are a very god side.” he added.
The last time when the two sides met it was in the 2016 U-19 IFA Shield, where Mohammedan Sporting Club suffered a 5-2 defeat to AIFF Academy.
The match at Mohammedan Sporting Ground will kick-off 3:30 PM on Thursday.