Two Indian head coaches will shut the horns for the first time in the ISL as FC Goa humbly take it up NorthEast United FC here on Friday.
Under Derek Pereira, Goa won their last match against Chennaiyin FC after taking a point against Kerala Blasters before that.
The Gaurs are ninth in the table with 12 points from 10 games and Pereira is hoping to start the second leg on the front foot.
“I’m glad Indian coaches have the opportunity to lead. If you give them a little more opportunity and exposure, they will flourish more and be able to prove themselves at the highest level,” said Pereira.
Jorge Ortiz has been a key figure for Goa and since returning from a two-match suspension, the Spaniard has been a blast.
“The table does not reflect the quality we have. The competition is unpredictable, but our focus is now on the next game rather than the long term. But with the process we have, I’m sure we can finish in the top positions,” added Pereira.
For Khalid Jamil coached NorthEast, who sits 10th one step below Goa, a loss to Jamshedpur FC saw them without a win in the last three matches
Jamil can take heart from the fact that Deshorn Brown has found his scoring boots.
Brown scored a brace in NorthEast United’s 3-2 defeat to Jamshedpur. He has now scored five goals in his last two appearances for the club. NorthEast defeated Goa 2-1 the first time the two sides met this season.
Jamil had no shortage of praise for his compatriot Pereira. “Thanks to Derrick, once he came in the team looked good. They played some good games and adapted well to the new formation. It will be a nice challenge for our team,” said Jamil.
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