Dempo to take on HAL tomorrow

Margao: Dempo is looking to go all out for full points as they take on bottom place HAL in the 21st round match of the I-League, to be played at Nehru Stadium, in Fatorda here tomorrow.

With the I-League resuming tomorrow after more than a month`s break, Dempo which is leading the table with 43 points from 20 matches, six points clear from their nearest rival Mohun Bagan, wants to remain focus on the next six rounds and clinch the title for the fifth time.

Dempo who has won two titles during the break, winning the Goa`s Super League and Super Cup has kept their confidence high and are now looking to remain more focus and are looking to maintain their winning form in the remaining matches of the I-League.

Coach Armando Colaco who was advised rest on medical grounds has taken over from assistant coach Maurico Afonso, is looking forward for a win tomorrow. "My boys are in right mood and high in spirits to take on HAL. We need to win and get the right start to carry forward our mission and not get jitters like last year when we lost the title narrowly to Salgaocar," Colaco said.

"Clifford Miranda is ruled out tomorrow otherwise we have full squad at our disposal including new recruit Japanese midfielder Kato," said Colaco.

HAL are at the bottom with 7 points from 20 matches are certain to get relegated unless they win all their remaining six matches. "Its a tough ask but we will keep on fighting and collect as many points from our remaining matches," said HAL coach Ramalingam Thyagraj.