McDowell Mohun Bagan will play against Shillong Lajong FC at Imphal tomorrow. Due to unprepared home ground Shillong Lajong is playing their home match at Imphal instead of Shillong. However, local political issue have created a panic at Imphal. Yesterday, there was a bomb blast at market place at Imphal, which is not too far from the ground where mariners will practice today after-noon and play tomorrow. But AIFF officials have ensured that the match will take place as per schedule.There will be no change in the schedule. I League CEO Mr. Sunanda Dhar will be reaching at Imphal today to take best arrangement for the match. Meanwhile, Manipur Football Association also assure that there will be no problem to held the match at time.
Yesterday, 23 membered McDowell Mohun Bagan team reached to Imphal at after-noon. The team is staying with high security at the team hotel. Before leaving Kolkata Mohun Bagan Coach Prasanta Banerjee told at the Airport that only three points is the target, though it is an away match and home team’s supporters are very noisy, enthusiastic but McDowell Mohun Bagan is only looking for victory. TD Subrata Bhattacharya told from team hotel at Imphal that very ackward situation, curfew, absolutely confined to the hotel and the cold atmosphere, everything is going against Mariners. Only victory can overcome this situation of uneasiness. It has been learnt there is massive water problem in the team hotel as well.
In this season Mohun Bagan already faced a defeat against Lajong FC at Federation Cup. Though TD Subrata told that time the team was not prepared for the big match but now the team has got the shape though there is a lot of injury problem in the team, still the team is at the second spot in the league. The TD is looking for three points from the match.