Gokulam faces Churchill in a match of confidence dented sides

With both sides extremely low on confidence, Monday's match could go either way.

Gokulam Kerala takes a dismal home record into the match against Churchill Brothers.   -  PTI

Two basement dwellers come face to face in the I-League on Monday. Churchill Brothers is placed right at the bottom of the 10-team league, while Gokulam Kerala FC is lying ninth.

The morale must be low for both the sides, but the Goans might be feeling a little better at the moment, having finally managed to put a stop its embarrassing run of five defeats in the its last game. It managed to score its first point of the league, that too off the formidable East Bengal, which is second in the table.

The home side though is going through a dismal patch. It has lost all its last four games. Worse, it could not even score once in those matches. Not even the recent signing of Odafa Okolie, the Nigerian who used to be one of the most lethal strikers in the I-League a few years ago, has helped. He looked out of form, and even more disconcertingly, out of shape in his team’s 0-1 lost to the bunch of teenagers from Indian Arrows just a couple of days ago.

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Coach Bino George, however, believes that his side could still come back. “The players are confident that they could bounce and are keen to prove themselves,” he said. “The team management is still with me.”

His counterpart Alfred Fernandes hopes the draw with East Bengal is a new beginning for the team. “The confidence level is very high now,” he said. “Three points tomorrow will be a boost for the rest of 218.”