BFC B up against LoneStar Kashmir with an eye on top spot

Moosa’s Boys Head North For Final Away Game Of The Season

Katra, Jammu and Kashmir: Bengaluru FC B will be eager to seal a top-spot finish with a game in hand when they take on LoneStar Kashmir FC in their penultimate Hero 2nd Division League encounter at the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Sports Complex in Katra, Jammu and Kashmir, on Wednesday.

While the game was initially scheduled to be played in late February, a change from the national federation meant the Blue Colts will now play at the VDSB Sports Complex in Katra instead of the TRC Turf in Srinagar. A change in venue also brought about a change in playing surface, and while the conditions won’t be favourable for the visitors, Coach Naushad Moosa wants his boys to be up for the challenge.

“From what I have seen, the ground condition is not very good, which means playing our possession-based game won’t be easy. We have trained on the pitch ahead of our game, and the players have got a good feel of the surface. We are aware of the reasons behind the switch and we have to get on with it. The weather is quite pleasant here, so that should not be a problem,” said Moosa on the eve of the clash.

While BFC B are still unbeaten in Group A, their winning start to the competition was halted by LoneStar Kashmir who held them to a goalless draw at the Bengaluru Football Stadium two weeks ago. Considering the fact that Moosa’s side is the highest-scoring team across the league, the Kashmir-based side put on a resolute defensive performance to get a point from the game. Aware of their defensive strength, Moosa wants his team to take advantage of the chances that come their way.

“LoneStar Kashmir were very defensive in the last game. They didn’t give us enough space to penetrate, and so we have been working on that in the past week. It’s very important that we convert the chances we get, as in the last game, we missed a lot of scoring opportunities. The boys were getting frustrated and playing more long balls, but I want them to be calm and stick to our game plan,” added Moosa.

The Blue Colts are currently atop Group A with a four-point lead ahead of FC Goa, who they face on the final matchday at home on March 30, with two rounds to go. While a win against LoneStar Kashmir will guarantee them a top spot finish, they won’t qualify for the final phase, but the achievement will be an improvement from last season where they finished second in the group.

“It’s not just about finishing on top, but we want our players to have the winning mentality. At BFC, we take every game seriously and give our best. But we have to also see that the players are grounded and humble at all times. We believe in playing good football, and if do our bit, the results will come. We are well aware of the fact that we cannot qualify for the final round, but that does not stop us from giving our best,” said Moosa.

The game kicks off at 2.00 pm at the VDSB Sports Complex on Wednesday.