Mahamedan will face Kerala Blasters in the quarter-finals of the Durand Cup on Friday. Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have already left the group stage. Mahamedan is now the only hope of the people of Bengal. Mahamedan players are also confident of victory.
Still undefeated Marcus Josephs ahead of Yuva Bharati’s quarter-final against Kerala. All the players in the team are very confident ahead of the big match. Marcus said, the match is very important. We must win. We are all looking forward to give our best against Kerala. As a result of the Durand Cup, we are also preparing for the ILeague. Our only goal is to win the match and reach the semi-final and then the final and win the trophy.
Earlier, Joseph said, ISL clubs did not give much importance to the Durand Cup. We never looked lightly though. The Durand Cup is as important to us as the ILeague. Bengali football lovers are also supporting Mahamedan so that Durand Cup comes again in Bengal.
Mahamedan became the first domestic club to win the Durand. The Black and White Brigade beat the Royal Warwickshire Regiment to win the title in 1940. The result of the game was 2-1. Mahamedan lost 1-0 to Goa even though they reached the final of Durand last year. In 2013, Mahamedan won the Durand by beating ONGC 2-1. It should be noted that Bengali football fans will be keeping an eye on Yuva Bharati as well as TV screens from 6 pm to know what happens in today’s match.