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I-League: Real Kashmir looking to pull out surprises against veteran clubs

Kolkata, Dec 24: After two successful away games, underdog Real Kashmir Football Club (RKFC) is eyeing to pull out surprises in its next two games against India’s oldest and experienced clubs.

Snow leopards last week broke the unbeaten title of table topper, Chennai City FC, with 1: 0 and also held Malabarians to a draw a week prior to the Coimbatore game.

After two defeats in the league, the club made a comeback with four wins and a draw in the last five games in line.

With Coimbatore victory, the club jumped to position second from the fourth, after earning deserving three points to take their total to 17 points in the league.

The team reached Kolkata on Sunday, where it is scheduled to play against East Bengal FC and Mohun Bagan FC in Kolkata on January 28 and 6, respectively.

Both East Bengal Football Club and Mohun Bagan Football Club have 15 points. They stand on positions 4 and 5, respectively.

The upcoming matches of Kolkata leg will be played in Salt Lake Stadium, officially known as Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK), which has a capacity of accommodating 85,000 spectators.

The RKFC, as per the team management, decided to arrive in Kolkata days before the scheduled match to hold “rigorous” practice sessions for upcoming games.

On the day first in Kolkata, the team held a hard practice session to prepare tackling with its fierce competitor for next two games.

Under the constant monitoring by the Head Coach David Robertson, the visitors went through its warm-ups and drills for more than an hour at Sports Authority of India ground under the gaze of scores of the football fans.

The players performed all sorts of practice moves in a session held under Head Coach David Robertson featuring Gnohere Krizo, Bazie Armand and other local players.

Later a friendly match was played between the players where midfielder Surchandra Singh, Krizo, forward player Ifham Tariq, Midfielder Farhan Ganaie, Midfield Khalid Qayoom and others displayed their signature moves

Coach Robertson said the morale of his players was high after Coimbatore game.

“Every victory boosts the energy of players to perform even better ahead. The atmosphere is quite positive in the camp and players are excited about the coming game,” he said.

Coach Robertson said the team will undergo regular practice sessions for next five days in Kolkatta before facing East Bengal FC.

“It is a crucial game for us as well and we hope for a good football in both the matches. Let us hope for the best,” he said.

Team Media Manager Omar Amin said the team is hopeful of carrying its winning momentum in coming games.