Essex Senior League: Sporting Bengal boss Imrul Gazi loves watching FC Romania

PUBLISHED: 11:30 15 February 2017

A Sporting Bengal player carries the ball forward against Enfield (pic Tim Edwards)

A Sporting Bengal player carries the ball forward against Enfield (pic Tim Edwards)


Mile End Stadium club visit Theobalds Lane tonight hoping they don’t lose 7-0 like they did last season

Sporting Bengal United boss Imrul Gazi is surprised FC Romania are still in the Essex Senior League and haven’t achieved promotion yet.

The Mile End Stadium manager lavished praise on the Cheshunt-based club for the style of football they produce.

Both teams do battle this evening at Theobalds Lane and Gazi conceded he thoroughly enjoys seeing them in action.

He said: “I love watching FC Romania. They are a brilliant footballing side and you don’t see a lot of that in our league.

“Strangely enough, I think their style of play could actually suit us, but I’m aware they aren’t just good at playing football, they have a lot of power as well.

“I remember Anwar (Uddin) going there last season and losing 7-0, so hopefully we don’t suffer a similar result this time!

“But I’m looking forward to it and I don’t understand what happens to FC Romania over the course of the season.

“They seem to be one of the best sides in the league and I think they could do well in the Ryman, but they never go up.”

Although Gazi has a lot of admiration for the way FC Romania play, he’ll be looking to upset them this evening.

Bengal’s manager is well aware his team will be underdogs, but hopes they can pull off a shock tonight.

They will go into the match full of confidence after beating Enfield 4-0 on Saturday at Mile End Stadium.

But the east Londoners will have a slightly different team out with several players not available for the game.

Gazi added: “It is all about who is available on the day and it is the same for everybody in the league.

“It is difficult to put out the same starting team from a Saturday when you have a midweek match.

“We have three or four missing against FC Romania because they have work and can’t get off early.

“But we will go there and I’ll try to be a bit pragmatic. Hopefully we can be solid, play our game and surprise a few people.”

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