Indian Arrows, Gokulam FC keen to register wins

The Arrows started well in the tournament but the consecutive losses against table toppers Minerva Punjab FC paused their free flow.

Eighth-placed Indian Arrows will look to get back to winning ways and finish the festive season on a high.   -  AIFF

Eighth-placed Indian Arrows look to get back to winning ways and finish the festive season on a high when the young colts face ninth-placed Gokulam Kerala FC at the Ambedkar Stadium here on Friday.

The Arrows started well in the tournament but the consecutive losses against table toppers Minerva Punjab FC paused its free flow. But head coach Luis Norton de Matos is confident of turning the tide. “We are certainly looking for a win against Gokulam Kerala FC. The Hero I-League is very exciting for us. The most important thing for us is to show that our boys can play with senior players. With no foreigners and mostly 16-17-year-olds, even if we finish 5th or 6, it’s a huge positive.”

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Skipper Amarjit Singh, added: “We are combining well, we have players from both the U-17 and U-19 teams and our styles and strategy were different. In the first three matches, we were trying to adapt to each other. Hopefully, we will play better as we go along.”

“Minerva was quite consistent and they were quite physical, they were well organised and that’s why they are the league leaders. We lost to the brilliance of Chencho but collectively our team held our own”, Matos replied when asked about the losses.

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On the other hand, Gokulam Kerala FC — which lost two out of three matches, drawing one — will be desperate for a win as well. “Most of our players are inexperienced. Our aim is to finish inside the top four. Indian Arrows is quite a young team too. I’ve seen their matches and they are quite fast. I told my boys to not take them lightly,” said Bino George, the head coach.

The match will kick off at 2 pm (IST).