Jamshedpur FC head coach Khalid Jamil anticipates a challenging encounter as his side prepare to take on East Bengal FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur on Thursday.

The Men of Steel played to a goalless draw in the first leg of this fixture in Kolkata but faced a defeat against the Red and Gold Brigade in the semi-finals of the Kalinga Super Cup 2024. Jamil’s men are determined to secure all three points against East Bengal FC, a team they have remained unbeaten against in five out of seven previous outings in the ISL. Notably, Jamil holds his highest win percentage of 67% against his former club, East Bengal FC, in the ISL.

The 46-year-old acknowledged his opponent’s squad strength and commended their performance under head coach Carles Cuadrat. However, he admitted that his team was not at their best when the two teams last met in the Kalinga Super Cup.

“Yes, acknowledging that we did suffer a loss against them. They performed exceptionally well in the semi-final. They're a formidable team, boasting talented foreign players and recent acquisitions,” he said in the pre-match press conference.

“Their performance under their coach has been commendable, and even their Indian players have shown quality. In the semi-final, our performance wasn't up to par, and they capitalized, earning three points. However, we need to approach this upcoming match with caution. It won't be an easy game, especially with the added pressure of playing on our home turf. We must maintain mental resilience,” he added.

Jamil believes that his players need to handle the pressure effectively and strive for a victory in their upcoming home game. Speaking in context, he stated, “Indeed, pressure is inherent in every match, and it's true, they're a strong opponent. We must acknowledge and embrace the pressure, as it's integral to the game.”

“However, we need to focus on moving forward, learning from our mistakes, and rectifying our shortcomings. Each match is unique, and playing at home demands excellence in all aspects of our game, whether it's defence or attack,” he continued.

Last season, East Bengal FC secured a 3-1 victory against Jamshedpur FC, with Naorem Mahesh Singh providing assists for all three goals, and Cleiton Silva scoring a brace. The addition of Nandhakumar Sekar has enhanced their threat potential for the current season. He commented, “Cleiton (Silva) poses a significant threat, given his extensive experience. However, every player on their team, including Nandhakumar (Sekar) and Mahesh (Naorem Singh), is formidable.”

However, he is eyeing positive results from the game, utilizing their home advantage. He shared, “We understand the challenges they present, and we won't underestimate them. Many teams have undergone changes, and while we're adapting gradually, we recognize the strength of their recent signings, whom we didn't face previously. Our preparation for this match is thus distinct. Regarding our previous home match draw, we haven't dwelled on it yet. Our primary focus is on this upcoming game, and we will fight to deliver a positive outcome.”

Jeremy Manzorro has been in incredible form recently, showcasing his prowess as a French playmaker by scoring four goals in his last three matches for the Men of Steel. Additionally, forward Javier Siverio will be available after suspension, adding more firepower in attack as he faces his former club.

“Jeremy Manzorro has been performing impressively, and he needs to maintain his level of dedication and hard work.”

“He's (Manzorro) undeniably one of our top players. Javier Siverio is undoubtedly a valuable player with his experience,” he signed off.

I feel very fortunate to have Rehenesh T.P. on our team: Vishal Yadav


Vishal Yadav accompanied his head coach ahead of their next home match against East Bengal FC. The young goalkeeper has featured in two matches in the ISL this season, with Rehenesh TP being the first choice.

Speaking about his competition with Rehenesh, he said, "I share a healthy relationship with Rehenesh TP, and I feel very fortunate to have such a senior, experienced player on our team."

“There are so many things to learn from him, and he also guides me very well. We, all the goalkeepers, share a good relationship among ourselves,” Yadav concluded.