The Guwahati based Indian Super League club, Northeast United FC will play their last league match against the Kerala Blasters FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Sunday, where it will decide who will be the final semi-finalist of the Hero Indian Super League 2016.
As the Northeast United FC are standing at fifth position in the table with 18 points from 13 games, while Kerala sit one place above them with 19 points from 13 matches.
And the Portuguese man Nelo Vingada, who is managing the Highlanders side in a crunch encounter that, Sunday’s clash against Kerala Blasters FC will not less than a World Cup final as the Highlanders must win to qualify to book their maiden semis berth and know that Kerala Blasters only require a draw to cement their position in the top 4.
As speaking to the media Northeast United’s head coach Nelo Vingada expressed the importance of getting a win against the Kerala Blasters FC on Sunday.
Nelo Vingada told reporters at the pre-match press conference,
“Tomorrow is the last game of this stage and the league has been amazing and it has been a good surprise for me and tomorrow will be a fantastic atmosphere, and it will be a great game between the two teams. It will be hard for one team as they will be out and maybe everyone can say we could have collected the points to qualify earlier but football is not decided by performance but by results, and tomorrow we will go out there to get the result as your performance is forgotten quickly, but the result is remembered forever. So, I hope tomorrow we get to see a great game,”
“I have played in stadiums with a lot of spectators present many times in my career and tomorrow it will again be eleven against eleven on the field. The whole city will be supporting Kerala but of course we can win the game and the winner must be the best and I know it will be hard for us but we are here to win and we have made a better performance away from home this season and we had a spell where the results were not good for us and we had injuries and I am very optimistic for tomorrow and let’s see what happens tomorrow.” He added.
The 63-year-old explained that it is easy to play for a draw than for a win but the for Professor and for his boys it I easy to play for a win than a draw,
As Vingada said,
“It is easy to play for a draw than for a win and for me and my team, it is better to play for a win than a draw and now we need to win and I am not Kerala’s coach, so it is difficult for me to say what he will do with his team and I don’t know what they will do, but I know what we have to do and when we have the ball we will attack and try to score and win as a draw is not an option for us,”