Saturday's I-League fixture at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here will bring together two sides - host Aizawl FC and Gokulam Kerala FC – that are bound by the common agony of the failures in the previous few rounds.
Gokulam Kerala hasn't managed to register a win in its last four matches, while Aizawl also claimed its first win over a month ago. Having reached the half-way stage, the race for the I-League title is wide open with the top eight teams separated by all of eight points.
This would give Gokulam Kerala the motivation to strike a comeback and a win will turn things around for the side.
“Our effort will be to move up the table from the current eighth position (10 points from nine matches). We have learnt some lessons from the losses in the last few weeks and would like make amends in the next match,” Gokulam coach Bino Gorge said on the match eve.
The coach rued striker Antonio German's mid-season departure but hoped his replacement Nigerian Joel Sunday will able to bring enough dynamism in the team's attack. Bino could only hope that his team's striking problems are settled quickly as it will take the stress away from the defence.
Former champion Aizawl FC tried to find solace in its success in the Mizoram Premier League, where it regained the crown winning the final barely a week ago. Looking at his team’s current position – at 10th with only six points - coach Gift Raikhan said, “We have a new defender from Uganda named (Juuko) Richard. This will give us the option of arranging our attack and look to collect three points.”
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