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I League: Real Kashmir eyes maiden win at home today

Srinagar: Indian Arrows FC Head Coach Floyd Pinto and Captain Vikram Pratap Singh posses for a group photograph with Real Kashmir FC Head Coach David Robertson and team player Abhash Thapa during a press conference ahead of their I-League match ,in Srinagar on Saturday, Nov 24,2018. Real Kashmir FC is the first team from Jammu and Kashmir who ever qualified for I-League within a span of two years. PTI Photo by Umar Ganie

Srinagar, Nov 24: Real Kashmir Football Club (RKFC) is expecting to bounce back with their second win in the Hero I-league when they play against Indian Arrows at the TRC turf on Sunday.

The RKFC, the first team from J&K to qualify for the prestigious tournament, began on a high by defeating the defending champion, Minerva Punjab.

In the following three games, however, the club had to face two losses against Neroca and Mohun Bagan, while they managed a draw against Churchill Brothers.

In his pre-match press conference on Saturday, RKFC’s Coach, David Robertson, said he was confident of his team defeating the young Indian Arrows.

“My team is confident enough and is looking forward for another challenge,” Robertson said.

He said RKFC’s overall performance throughout the matches was good.

“All we are looking forward to is score. We have got one of the good players who can play at the back, in the midfield, and is a good striker as well.”

Appreciating his team, David said, “The players are very versatile and they just need to get ball on the line. We don’t have issues, as this is a long season game; we have many chances ahead.”

One of the Real Kashmir’s players, AbhasThapa, who played in the game against Mohun Bagan, said, “For me, Sunday’s game is a must-win game. I hope we will win it.”

Abhas said Indian Arrows can “run a lot” as they have a younger side, but “we will be a better team in tomorrow’s match”.

Arrows coach, Floyd Pinto, said I-league has been a good experience for him as far as the current edition was concerned.

“In this season, we are much more comfortable and relaxed. The players are expressing themselves in a much better way,” said Pinto.

“We want these boys to face the much experience team and tough professionals, so that these boys mature, develop and that will help us when we will play the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) competition.”

Pinto said the weather was in their favour.

“I think boys can run whole day in this weather and this will make the event better,” he said