FC Goa has been phenomenal at the Durand Cup but Captain Edu Bedia has not been enjoying it. They faced Delhi FC in their quarter-finals fixture and sent them ball-hunting as they won 5-1. Goa dominated the game as Delhi tried their best to get hold of the ball. Despite this, Edu Bedia felt that he had just played one of the worst games of his entire career.
The fixture initially scheduled at the Mohan Bagan stadium had to move to the Kalyani Stadium. Continuous downpour meant that the pitch was waterlogged and was thus deemed unfit. The Kalyani Stadium was a 2-3 hour journey from the Goa camp and aroused some concerns among the staff.
With the kick-off scheduled at 2 PM, the team had to start their journey as early as 6 AM in order to settle in. FC Goa’s Director of Football expressed the same concerns and added that the ordeal was not ideal for a professional club.
In a recent Press Conference, Richard Hood, Head Coach of FC Bengaluru United, expressed his dissatisfaction about the conditions. The pitch conditions have been a serious issue mainly due to the unfavourable weather conditions that have played spoilsport.
Nothing seemed right for Edu Bedia
Evidently elated with the result of the game, Edu Bedia described it as a game played in the worst condition. Everything from the long trip to the time to the field and finally the weather. On the bright side, success could not have been sweeter after bossing FC Delhi despite the poor conditions.
FC Goa qualified for the knockouts after breezing through the group stages. Winning 3 in 3 games, they scored 9 nines goals in all while conceding just one. They will face fellow ISL heavyweights Bengaluru FC who have no less of havoc.
The winner of the fixture will play Mohammedan Sporting in the finals in the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium. Also, do not forget to check out Edu Bedia’s Instagram popularly known as ‘Mi búsqueda del peor lanzamiento’.
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