I-League season begins with three clashes on opening day

Kolkata, January 8

The 2020-21 season of the I-League kicks off here tomorrow with multiple clashes, including the opener between debutants Sudeva Delhi FC and newly-promoted Mohammedan SC. In the first day’s other fixtures, former champions Chennai City FC will take on Gokulam Kerala, while Aizawl FC face RoundGlass Punjab.

While Sudeva Delhi FC is the first club from the national capital to play in the I-League, Mohammedan SC made it to the league by winning the I-League Qualifier last October.

Speaking at the official pre-match press conference, head coach of Sudeva Delhi FC, Chencho Dorji, said, “We have a young team that has been working very hard. We keep our expectations very high and we would like to start our season with a win. It would be the perfect setting for our season ahead.”

“In the last couple of months, we have sweated and trained a lot. I am hopeful of a good season ahead and realistically we are aiming to be placed in the top six teams of the I-League,” he added.

Captain Ajay Rawat talked about the challenge that Mohammedan presents. “Mohammedan SC are a tough side to face but we are confident in our abilities. I am focused on the match ahead and I know that there will be challenges,” Rawat said. “As a striker, I want to score and want my team to win. I will give my cent per cent for the win.”

Nothing less than a win would suffice for Mohammedan Sporting Club either. The club is one of the few powerhouses of Indian football with a rich and vibrant history. That history would become even more illustrious with an I-League trophy. “We want to win all our matches, that is what we expect from ourselves and that is our target,” Mohammedan Sporting Club head coach Jose Hevia said. “Starting with a win would be very good for the morale of the players who have worked really hard. We aim to play intensive football with and without the ball. We will always try to dominate the match and go for the win. Our main target is to win.”

Meanwhile, both Gokulam and Chennai City FC would look to improve their performances from last season and aim to claim the silverware. Aiming to throw their hat into the title contention from the word go, RoundGlass Punjab FC are gearing up to fight for a win against Aizawl FC. — PTI

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