Kenkre FC enjoyed a baptism of fire in their debut I-League campaign but they will be hoping to turn that around when they take on a rejuvenated TRAU FC on Wednesday here at Naihati Stadium.
After a 1-1 draw against Real Kashmir in their opener, the Mumbai-based side have conceded 10 goals in their last two outings against RoundGlass Punjab and Gokulam Kerala. But head coach Akhil Kothari believes these heavy defeats won’t affect his team’s mentality.
“Even though we lost those games, we fought until the end and finished the game well, even scoring two goals against Gokulam. Our mentality has always been to fight for points and play well and that’s something we’re not going to change.” he said.
TRAU recorded their first win of the campaign against the Churchill Brothers in the previous game and Kothari expects them to be on top after that.
“The beauty of the I-League is that there are no easy games and all the teams are competitive. TRAU proved that last time and will have momentum but we are up for the challenge “, did he declare.
TRAU head coach L. Nandakumar Singh believes the club have taken a turn after a poor start but stressed the importance of continuing to perform well.
“After winning the last game, the boys are on top form and ready to play again with high intensity. It was important for us to win the last game and this one will be just as important to maintain the momentum,” said he declared.
Nandakumar Singh was wary of a Kenkre side hurt by their two heavy defeats and expected a reaction.
“Kenkre are not a bad team and they played well in their first game against Real Kashmir. We will have to be energetic to beat them because I think they will be more attacking, having lost their last two games,” he said. he concluded.
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