Hero I-League: Gokulam Kerala FC faces Chennai City FC

Gokulam Kerala FC looks to register its first win this season at the EMS Stadium on Sunday.

Raring to go: Gokulam Kerala FC players practise at the Calicut University Stadium in Kozhikode on Saturday.   -  K. Ragesh

Gokulam Kerala FC is keen on getting past a much-fancied Chennai City FC (CCFC) in a Hero I-League clash at the EMS Stadium here on Sunday.

The two sides had played out a drab draw the last time they played here. Bino George, Gokulam’s head coach, wants his wards to grab the three points on offer. “CCFC is a good team with great strikers from Spain. Nestor Gordilla and Pedro Manzi are in striking form. We do not have such superstars but the Indian players are very good. I believe they will turn things around for the team this time,” he said.

After two drawn encounters against Mohun Bagan and Neroca FC, George wishes to avoid another draw. “I don’t want another draw; all I want is a win for the sake of the football-loving spectators,” he said.

‘Right time to strike’

He said his team is just getting into the groove this season. “They are coordinating nicely and this will be the right time for them to strike.”

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Akbar Nawas, the CCFC head coach, said his team will try to be competitive. “The home team is good but I have advised my boys to play with a free mind.”

Nawas was quite encouraged by the vast local talent in the team. “I was happy [with] the way they played against the Churchill Brothers. The Goan men were fit and strong but the Tamil Nadu players tackled their challenges with aplomb.”

He would expect them to gel well with the ‘famous four’ from Spain and bring home a good result.

The weather may have its say as well. It has been raining here and that can probably upset the plans of both teams.

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