Srinagar: India’s top football competition will make its debut in the Valley Tuesday when Real Kashmir host Churchill Brothers in their maiden home game of the I-League.
Real Kashmir got their campaign off to a dream start, stunning defending champions Minerva Punjab FC in their first-ever game in the country’s top-flight.
The match will be played at the TRC turf ground.
David Robertson, Real Kashmir’s Scottish coach said, “It’s going to be another day in history as they will be playing their first home match.
He said the team is excited as well as focused.
Robertson said, “It will be difficult for both the teams because of the weather conditions. Like Churchill, we also have players from all over the country.”
Robertson has not fielded the likes of Nadong Bhutia and Ritwik Kumar Das upfront. The duo scored eight goals between them in their successful second division campaign last year and the Scotsman might look to get them in at some stage to support Krizo.
Churchill’s Romanian coach Petre Gigiu sounded pragmatic.
“It’s a difficult game for sure. My team is tired but we will try to play good tomorrow. It will be my first game in Kashmir and we want to play better football for our spectators and Indian football.” (Agencies)