Phil Brown's Hyderabad FC will be tactically flexible, says captain Kamaljit Singh

Unbeaten in the pre-season, Hyderabad FC, the first top division football club to represent the city, is mostly made up of erstwhile FC Pune City players.

Kamaljit Singh is set to be the captain of the newly formed Hyderabad FC team.   -  Special Arrangement

Hyderabad FC, set to make its debut in the upcoming Indian Super League campaign, will bank on the surprise element by way of young and exciting talent to make a real impact in this season according to it skipper Kamaljit Singh.

The 24-year-old goalkeeper, who earlier donned the FC Pune City colours, feels that quite a few gifted players will be making their debut and are in the mood to translate their immense potential into performances.

“Coupled with this is the terrific camaraderie in the team which should take Hyderabad FC a long way in this season. We are all like one family. All are equal, discuss a lot, willing to learn from mistakes pointed out by the teammates without any ego issues,” Kamaljit explained in a chat with Sportstar after a training session with the coach Phil Brown in Goa on Saturday.

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The team has been training in Goa for the last four weeks after the first camp in Chennai.

“We will not be found wanting in giving our best. We will not be overawed by the reputations of any opposition. Once we are there on the field, we will give more than 100 per cent,” says Kamaljit.

“It does give a chance for us to get a feel about the composition and ATK's style before we face it on October 25,” he said, speaking about the Kolkata-based club's season opening game against Kerala Blasters on Sunday. “We should be probably better prepared to counter their strategy and style of play.”

Flexible style

“Yes, we have been trained in such a way by our coach that we should be flexible as far as the style of play or formations are concerned. There is no rigid approach like sticking to 4-4-2 or anything like that. We are ready to raise the bar in any given situation,” Kamaljit said. “I must tell you Phil Brown is like a father-figure on and off the field with this wonderful style of coaching.

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“The mood is upbeat, there is lot of positive energy and all we hope is for a winning start to our campaign before we play our first home game at Gachibowli on November 2.”

On being captain, the custodian reiterated confidently that he doesn’t believe to be superior to any other teammate because of being the leader.

“We are all equal - including the gifted foreign players, with the solitary objective of playing the kind of football which should delight the connoisseurs and the owners,” he concluded.

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