Rahul K. P.: Playing in the I-League ‘extremely challenging’

Indian Arrows’ Rahul K. P. and Boris Singh underline the value of the I-League in helping them “evolve into more mature players.”

“It was one of those days where our luck did not favour us.” Indian Arrows en route to a 2-0 defeat against Real Kashmir FC.   -  PTI

Taking cognizance of the high standard of football in the I-League, Indian Arrows’ 18-year-old midfielder Rahul K. P. and defender Boris Singh recognise the value of the league in helping them “evolve into more mature players.”

It has been a rough ride for the side in the I-League so far. Having secured a single win in the competition from four matches, the side languishes at the bottom of the points table.

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In a chat with AIFF, Boris pointed out, “We cannot afford to be complacent. Be it in attack or in defence, one mistake can literally make the difference between winning and losing.”

‘Highly unpredictable league’

With three losses and a win from four matches, Indian Arrows lies at the bottom of the points table. Photo: M. Periasamy


Rahul K. P. underlined the challenge faced by his side. He said, “It is extremely challenging to play in the I-League. All the participating teams are some of the best teams in the country. Each team has the ability to stun the other. It is a highly unpredictable league and you have to adjust to the tactics of some teams who can switch from a direct style of play to a more possession based style of play, almost at will.”

The team’s latest loss was against Real Kashmir FC, a new entrant to the league. Boris and Rahul lamented the missed opportunities in the 2-0 defeat. “We were mentally prepared for the challenge. But sometimes things don’t go your way and it was one of those days where our luck did not favour us,” Boris said.

Rahul added, “We knew that they were getting tired and we just had to keep on putting more balls in and create more opportunities. But despite all, we could not find the back of the net muffing up some simple goal scoring chances.”


Boris is confident of a turnaround by his side. “We are really optimistic of our chances. We know we can stun some of the big names in Indian football. The best part is we are growing and evolving into better players as the league is picking pace,” he said.

Arrows next plays Minerva Punjab in an away match, on Saturday.