I-League: Real Kashmir faces struggling Indian Arrows

The teams lock horns in Srinagar on Sunday.

Real Kashmir will hope to rely less on Gnohere Krizo for its goals. File Photo: The Hindu

Real Kashmir will hope to provide much-needed impetus to its faltering I-League campaign when it hosts bottom-placed Indian Arrows at the TRC Turf Ground in Srinagar on Sunday.

‘Need to do more’

Kashmir hasn’t been able to garner a victory since its stunning 1-0 defeat of Minerva Punjab in its opening match. It has suffered defeats in its last two contests and occupies the ninth spot in the points table.

For a possible turnaround, Kashmir would need to convert its possession into goals and rely less on Ivorian beanpole Gnohere Krizo to get them the goals. Looking ahead to the contest, coach David Robertson, said, “It's definitely not going to be a walk in the park for us. They have represented the country in the World Cup and other stages also. We have to be alert throughout. We are creating chances but the results aren’t coming our way. We have to put more effort into our finishing. Our midfielders, strikers are putting efforts but we need to do more I believe.”

‘Perfect weather for football’

Arrows, like Kashmir, has a single victory to its name — against Shillong Lajong. On Sunday, the team would have to also contend with the cold conditions in Srinagar. “This is a perfect weather for football. If you warm-up well, get acclimatised, you can run the whole day. This is much better than a hot humid one,” coach Floyd Pinto said.

Commenting on his team’s campaign this season, he said, “The experience has been good so far. It’s only the second year for these boys. We are more comfortable this year and they are expressing themselves in a better way as well.”

The contest begins at 2 pm.

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