Defending champs Minerva take on former winners
FORMER champions Aizawl FC play their second home game on the bounce at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, hosting defending champions Minerva Punjab FC in the Hero I-League on Saturday. Both find themselves at the bottom of the 11-team standing in the early stages. Aizawl are placed ninth with two points from three games while Minerva are right at the bottom with a solitary point from their two outings so far.
Both Aizawl coach Gift Raikhan and Minerva’s Irish technical director Paul Munster have been plagued by a misfiring strike force and would be keen to correct that urgently.
While Aizawl have scored thrice in their three games so far, one off a penalty and another of a set-piece, the defending champions surprisingly have not managed to get on the board.
For Aizawl, Liberian striker Ansumanah Kromah has been guilty of extreme profligacy and Lalremsanga who had a good game in their opener against Shillong and has not played since might be an option for Raikhan.
The other positive for him from the previous game against Neroca FC being the first half performance of Kyrgistani Bektur Talgat, where he was building and leading attacks with a lot of skill and purpose. The back four, led by Nigerian Kareem Nurain and Gurpreet in goal, have been solid giving the coach some sense of comfort.