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I-League set to return to Kerala as Gokulam Kerala FC take on Chennai City FC

Gokulam Kerala FC’s (GKFC’s) Nigerian defender Chigozie would miss the I-League match against Chennai City FC in Kozhikode as he had injured his hamstring in the season opener

football Updated: Dec 03, 2017 22:32 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Kozhikode
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Though Gokulam Kerala FC (GKFC) started their I-League campaign with an away loss against Shillong Lajong FC, Bino George’s men made a good account of themselves and are confident of a winning start to their home campaign in Kozhikode, which begins on Monday against Chennai City FC.(HT Photo)

After almost five years, I- League is all set to return to Kerala as Gokulam Kerala FC (GKFC) take on Chennai City FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kozhikode on Monday.

Both the teams face each other after losing their opening match. Gokulam Kerala FC lost to Shillong Lajong FC in a gritty match (0-1), while Indian Arrows, the AIFF’s development team, humiliated a sorry Chennai City FC 3-0.

The home side is upbeat about its chances in the first home match of the season.

“This is our first home match. It is always great to play here. I was along with the Viva Kerala team, the previous I- League club from Kerala, and a return to the venue is an unforgettable experience,” said Bino George, the coach of GKFC.

They had put up a decent performance against Shillong Lajong FC and Bino is expecting his players to step up the show during their home opener.

“We had a hostile weather but the boys did well. We could have won the match had we not lost several of our chances. I have worked on more on this problem and I hope the match would become a treat for the spectators,” he said.

GKFC’s Nigerian defender Chigozie would miss the match as he had injured his hamstring in the first match.

“We need to be more compact in defence and midfield. The unavailability of Chigozie is a loss but not a major concern as we have players to replace him,” added Bino.

Meanwhile, Chennai City FC are trying to regroup from a humiliating loss against Indian Arrows. The club from Tamil Nadu need to fix its porous defence that let three goals in the season opener in Goa.

Chennai coach admitted the players are lacking experience in the top flight.

“Only three players have played top-tier football in the team. It will be a hard match against Gokulam at their home. We will try our best to not lose the match and save at least a point from the away game,” said Soundrarajan, the coach of Chennai.

First Published: Dec 03, 2017 22:32 IST