Bino George looked a bit more cheerful than he usually had been this season at the pre-match press conference on Thursday. The Gokulam Kerala FC coach said the team was hopeful of scoring its maiden win at home in the I-League at the Corporation Stadium, against Indian Arrows.

Gokulam’s only win in the season was against Arrows. That is not the only factor that makes Bino confident.

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“Our problem has been the quality foreign players of opposing teams in the I-League,” said Bino. “My boys are relieved that there are no foreigners in the Arrows.”

His counterpart Luis Norton de Matos also highlighted that point in his interaction with the press. “If there were no foreigners in other clubs, we could have been among the top four at this stage,” he said. “This is a team of teenagers, and it is difficult for them to compete with the strength of their rivals.”

Still, Arrows hasn’t done that badly. It has scored two wins and has seven points from nine games.

It is, in fact, placed one slot above Gokulam, which has four points from seven matches. The Kerala team is lying second from the bottom.

“Injuries and lack of quality foreigners have let us down badly,” said Bino. “We are still trying to get some good players from abroad, but the process is not easy. We could recruit Odafa Okolie because he was already in India.”

But, he needs the Nigerian and other strikers and to fire if the team wants to give the home fans something to cheer about.