Mapusa (Goa): Injury-hit Dempo will have to tighten their defence if they are to beat Sporting Clube de Goa in their I-League match at the Duler Stadium on Sunday. Dempo, who haven’t played well of late that saw them slip to third place with 35 points from 19 matches, seven points behind leaders Churchill Brothers Sports club, will have to reshuffle their defence against Sporting, who are high on confidence after beating Salgaocar 3-1.

Defenders Mahesh Gawli, Valerian Rebelo and Samir Naik, who are nursing injuries and coach Armando Colaco will have to replace them. “It’s a crucial match and we need to win if we are to keep hopes of defending the title. There is nothing to worry as we have good bench strength. We need to keep focus throughout the match and not remain complacent,” he said.

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