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Gokulam Kerala part ways with Fernando Santiago

KOCHI: Gokulam Kerala FC part ways with head coach Fernando Santiago Varela. Bino George who coached the team in the last I-league season will return to the helm.

Fernando has put in a request to release him from the duties due to personal reasons. “I had a good stint with Gokulam Kerala FC and got excellent support from the players and the staff of the club. I hope this is not going to be a goodbye forever and hope to come back to this club in the future and win the championship in India. I thank the club, players and the staff who offered great support for me during my stint here. And, I wish the best for the club for this season’s I-league.”, Fernando signed off. During his stint with the club, Fernando helped the club to win its maiden Kerala Premier League title.

“It is unfortunate that Fernando had to leave us due to personal reasons. We will be certainly missing him. However, he has promised to return sooner or later. We will be happy to have him back,” said the club president V.C. Praveen.

Bino George, who was at the helm of the team during the last I-league season will return as the head coach of Gokulam Kerala FC. George who has been with the club since its inception was recently promoted as the technical director of the team.

“We had promoted Bino George as the Technical Director of the team to take care of all the aspects of the first team, academy and the administration. But, as we have brought in Dr. Ashok Kumar as the CEO of the team, Bino will be free to concentrate on the first team as he returns as the head coach.” club president V.C. Praveen opined.

The club would like to wish the best for the departing coach Fernando Santiago Varela and the incoming head coach Bino George.

I-League 2017/18: Gokulam will have their work cut out against Lajong

KOZHIKODE: Struggling Gokulam Kerala FC will have their work cut out when they host Shillong Lajong FC in I-League 2017/18 at Kozhikode tomorrow.

After succumbing to five consecutive defeats, the Yellow outfit finally found some respite having clinched a crucial victory against Chennai City FC in their last away fixture. Bino Geroge’s boys haven’t gone through a merrier ride at their home until now where they’ve earned only a point in six outings.

“Win is very important for us in next match against Lajong to increase our chances of finishing in top four”, coach Bino Geroge cleared where his team’s focus is at.

Meanwhile, the coach said that his team is ‘confident’ now, all thanks to the late inclusion of Musa.

“Team is confident now. Our midfield general Musa brought some stability to the team. It was a different strategy from us against Chennai City and we got the result.”

Bino George showed utter respect for Lajong who humbled their Northeastern rival Neroca FC in their last outing, that too at their den Khuman Lampak Stadium, having halted their sublime nine-game unbeaten run.

“Shillong is a good team with good players, but a win is a must for us tomorrow”, Bino George expressed that his team won’t compromise on anything less than all three points tomorrow.

On the other hand, Shillong asst. coach Alison Kharsyntiew is getting a big intrigued because of the hot and humid weather of Kozhikode compared to Shillong.

“The weather is a bit different compared to Shillong. But that’s the beauty of league. We have to adapt to that quickly. I think our boys are prepared for the match against Gokulam Kerala FC. It’ll surely a tough match for us.”

Although Lajong have gotten the better of Neroca FC in their last outing, gaffer admitted that the Reds are not consistent in the league and they’ve to get the mojo back to climb up the ladder.

“We are not consistent. We need to work hard on that. There’s no rocket science behind that. We have to pull up our socks and push ourselves more in the training sessions to rectify the mistakes.”

Lajong’s average age is quite below and the Meghalaya-based team heavily bank on the youngsters. Alison exuded that these boys have a long way to go and they need encouragement to scale a newer height.

“We are a junior team and sometimes, we fall short of experience. We need to improve, put more effort in the training sessions. These guys need to be encouraged.”

Koffi, the attacking spearhead is back in goals and Alison didn’t mince his words praising the striker.

“Koffi is back and he’s getting into the groove. It has helped the team a lot. Samuel is also back from an injury now. He has to shoulder a major share of responsibility tomorrow.”

I-League 2017/18: Arrows hit the target against Gokulam

KOZHIKODE: Indian Arrows continue their intriguing journey in the I-League 2017-18 and having staged a perfect revenge on the debutants Gokulam Kerala FC at their home, Matos’ boys reached the double figure mark on the points tally.

Abhijit Sarkar (77′) who scored his first I-League goal on his 17th birthday against Neroca FC, calmly slotted the only goal to conquer the team from the southernmost state of India.

Matos went back to his trusted guys Boris Singh, Anwar Ali in the defence along with Sanjeev Stalin. local boy Rahul KP was also handed a start by the gaffer.

Arrows took only two minutes to settle down as Aniket bombed one from inside the box which just flew over the crossbar. Both teams were steaming in their pursuit of some much-needed points but the defenders were carrying out a pristine job to cancel the attackers out.

Arrows defenders, especially Boris did a tremendous job to tame Odafa Okolie and the Nigerian ace striker couldn’t find any breathing space to make a positive impact in the match.

Salah and Kivi tried to outwit the resilient youngsters from the flanks but eventually, that trick couldn’t earn many dividends for Bino George’s boys.

Seconds after the changeover, Rahim Ali came very close to scoring the opening goal of the match but Bilal Khan jumped at the right time to get hold of the cross flown by Rahul.

On the hour-mark, finally, Bino George replaced the off-colour Odafa Okolie introducing Alajmi.

The deadlock was finally broken by the young lad Abhijit Sarkar in the 77th minute to send the away team dugout into a delirium. Rahul had a whizzing run down the left flank who tried his luck only for Bilal to palm it away to Sarkar who did his job with a calm head to put the Arrows in lead.

Although Suresh replaced the eventual ‘Hero of the Match’ three minutes to the end of the regulation time, the job was done until then.

The hosts earned three successive corners in the dying minutes but Prabhsukhan Gill, who was successful to pull off his maiden clean sheet in the ongoing I-League 2017-18 tonight, calmly handed the situation to avert all dangers.

Indian Arrows have amassed 10 points from as many matches whereas the Keralite side are six points shy having played two matches fewer.

Bino George will surely look to reboot the system quickly before they face Churchill brother FC Goa in three days. Indian Arrows will now head to Goa to host high-flying Neroca FC on January 16, 2018.

I-League 2017/18: Arrows Seek Vengeance On Depleted Kerala

0 The only Kerala-based side of I-League 2017-18, Gokulam Kerala FC will now be tested by Indian Arrows, the youngest outfit of the League as the Yellow brigade will host the developmental side of AIFF at the EMS Corporation Stadium in Kozhikode on January 12, 2018.

The I-League debutants are not in the right shape at the moment and their experiment with their roster is continuing. Odafa Okolie who has 100-odd I-League goals under his belt is the newest recruitment to them but he did little justice to his name on his debut for the Keralites.

Coach Bino George didn’t hide his frustration during today’s pre-match press conference too.

“Balwinder has chicken pox. He is admitted to the hospital. I have no idea what is happening”, he could not hide his displeasure as he is still struggling to find the right combination on the half-way mark of the league.

Meanwhile, he reiterated that the foreign signings should contribute more to churn out some positive results.

“The problem with us is the lack of foreign players. We signed Odafa because it was easy to complete the paperwork. He has scored a lot of goals.”

He further added that Arrows boys have a great future ahead as they have their age on their side.

“Indian Arrows are showing a lot of promise for the future. Their possession and passing are all really good. The small mistakes they are committing is due to their age. They will threaten if given space.”

However, the young guns who have taken everyone by surprise until now were on the receiving end during their last outing against Shillong Lajong FC.

The Kerala-based side also had the last laugh against the young guns in the first leg played at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi. Indian Arrows coach Matos recalled that match as ‘a strange game.’

“The match against Gokulam in Delhi was a strange game. They scored the first goal from a corner. Their second goal was from a free-kick. At the end, they got the three points.”

He informed that the team is travelling constantly and it might take a toll on the boys in terms of giving their 100% on the field.

“For us, tomorrow will be difficult. We are not in the best shape. Since December 19, we have played so many matches, so very short time to recover. It was a Lot of travelling. These are not excuses but reality. It is not easy for these young boys.”

Meanwhile, coach Matos tested a new defence setup last day having rested Boris Singh, Sanjeev Stalin and Anwar Ali. Asish Rai, Roshan Singh completely justified their selection with a special mention for goalkeeper Prabhsukhan Gill who was only playing his third match for the Matos-coached team in the Hero I-League 2017-18.

Matos further informed that Sanjeev Stalin is still nursing the injury and he’s unlikely to play his part tomorrow.

The Portuguese coach mentioned that his team is in a continuous-learning mode and they’ll continue to do so.

“We will try our best tomorrow to win. For us, it is important that the fans and the players are satisfied with the way we play. From every game, we learn”, he concluded.

I-League 2017/18: Gokulam ready for Minerva test

KOZHIKODE: Debutants Gokulam Kerala FC are gearing up for their new year clash with red-hot Minerva Punjab FC as the Kerala-based side will host the Punjab outfit at the EMS Corporation Stadium in Kozhikode tomorrow.

Gokulam Kerala FC’s home outing hasn’t been merrier so far and they were on the receiving end in their final outing of last year when reigning champions Aizawl FC overpowered them, thanks to double strikes by Daniel Addo and Andrei Ionescu.

Coach Bino George, during the pre-match press conference, explained that the cold plunge in foreigners’ form and injury is actually averting them from getting the desired result.

“Ours is a new team. It will take time for us to settle down as a unit. The same applies to players as well. Foreigners are scoring goals for the other teams. We are not getting the same sort of services from ours. That is our problem.”

Meanwhile, he informed that the seasoned prolific striker Odafa Okolie is likely to debut tomorrow for the yellow outfit provided that the formalities are completed before that.

“Odafa Okolie knows what the team seeks from him. He scored nine goals in the second division last season and we had every reason to go after him. Odafa’s paperwork is pending. If it is done, he will play tomorrow. Hopefully, we will get it done by today evening”, obviously this words will give some sleepless nights to opponent defenders in the coming days.

Meanwhile, he added that an ex-Salgaocar FC defender Balwinder is also added to the Gokulam Kerala FC roster recently.

He further said that his team is drawing motivation from Arrow’s miraculous performance against Mohun Bagan where the young guns held the Kolkata giants to a gutsy 1-1 draw.

“Indian Arrows held Mohun Bagan and this is football. So we will try hard to get a result.”

“Minerva lost their last match against Aizawl 2-1. Now they are coming from an extreme climate to a coastal climate. So, there will be a difference and that might give us an advantage. we need to go up the table is one win because there is not much points difference between the mid-table teams.”

On the other hand, Minerva Punjab FC who had a fairytale-like start to the season had to leave the ground empty-handed against Aizawl FC in their last match. They’ll surely look to churn a positive result tomorrow against the debutants and coach Khogen Singh rightly pointed it out.

“It is an away game and the experience of an away game is different. We don’t want to lose games because right now we are second in the game.”

On being asked how his boys will capitalise the 10-day break and go all guns blazing, he stated, “We had a rest of 10 days and it could be an advantage but all the teams in Hero I-League are professional and I don’t think this will make any difference on the pitch. We try to maintain our style of play.”

Meanwhile, Chencho, the Bhutanese playmaker is continuing to mesmerise the crowd and has been the vital cog for the Blue outfit so far. Although Khogen Singh didn’t mince his words to praise him, he praised the teamwork which is actually earning them the results.

“Most of our players are young guys. We trust in how we work. Chencho is playing his part but he alone does not make a difference in football. He is a good player but we have done well as a team”, Khogen Singh said.

Meanwhile, Khogen Singh completely denied that they would come out tomorrow as the ‘favourites’ and he exuded that ‘anyone can win any day’.

“All I-League teams are equally good. Anybody can win against anybody. All teams want to win the game and Gokulam Kerala FC are no different. We have to continue our work and stick to our strategies to get the work done.”

I-League 2017/18: Dented Kerala FC Ready To Spoil Aizawl FC’s New Year Party

KOZHIKODE: Newcomers Gokulam Kerala FC are all set to welcome reigning champions Aizawl FC at the EMS Corporation Stadium in Coimbatore on the new Year-eve.

Both teams are approaching the tie from completely different scenarios but both will look forward to taking away with nothing less than all three points before they bid 2017 adieu.

While debutants Gokulam Kerala FC went down to heavyweights East Bengal 0-1 in Kolkata, the Highlanders got the better of Minerva Punjab FC in Aizawl, thanks to the double strike by Kareem Omoloja Nurain and Andrei Ionescu in the second half.

Coach Bino George sounded elated on his team’s return to home after the away trip.

“It always feels great to be back at home. Our last home game didn’t go well but a lot has changed since then. We’re now going to face the champions and we’re really pumped up to prove our worth against the Champions”, George stated.

He further said that foreigners’ injuries are putting the team-composition in a real jeopardy.

“Injury to foreigners have been the biggest issue we were facing and we couldn’t get good foreigners as it was outside the window when we got the entry.”

Incidentally, Kamo Bayi who was instrumental in Aizawl FC’s title-winning campaign last season might give this tie a miss owing to his aggravated injury from the last match. He’ll surely rue the opportunity to prove his goal-scoring ability clad in the yellow outfit.

Moreover, two other foreigners Leo Mbele and Khaled Al Saleh have been released by the club management of late.

Paulo Menezes who has a decent start to the season so far is looking forward to this tie is ‘important than the last game’.

“This game is important than the last game. We are aiming full points. I and some of the players know how important football is in Kerala and it would be a difficult game. We have a young team with quality players.”

“They have performed very well so far and I am happy with them. The team is fit and high on morale. We expect a tough game”, Menezes vented.

On being asked whether the hot and humid weather might impose a bigger challenge for his team, he lashed it completely.

“There is no problem. I think the players can adjust to the climate. The effect of weather is more psychological”, the Portuguese coach expressed.

Menezes further said, “We started I-League after Mizoram Premier League and our couple of players got injured. So we were not able to start well but I think any team in the league has a chance to win the title. There are no clear favourites as of now.”

I-League 2017/18: Gokulam unperturbed by East Bengal’s form

KOLKATA: East Bengal will look to continue their winning streak in the I-League 2017/18 when they host debutantes Gokulam Kerala FC at Vivekananda Yubabharati Krirangan on Wednesday.

The Kolkata giants, who are on second place in standings with 10 points from five matches, racked up a third successive win when they defeated Chennai City FC 2-1 away last week, and will be eager to log their fourth straight win of the campaign which could send them to the summit of I-League, should leaders Minerva Punjab lose to Aizawl FC in a fixture which would be played earlier in the day.

However, East Bengal Head Coach Khalid Jamil has warned that his players should not get carried away, but they must stay focused and hungry.

“The victory against  Chennai City FC was good but we now need to focus on the game at hand and make sure that we win,” said Jamil.

“I have told my players that our previous victory means nothing if we don’t win tomorrow. We have been working hard in the past few days. The morale of the players is high and I am confident that they will play to win.”

“Gokulam will be a difficult team to beat as they are a very hardworking team. But I do not wish to look at the opponent and focus more on our own objective that is to win every match.” Jamil added.

Gokulam, on the other hand, started to gain some sort of momentum following a slow start to the campaign. Daniel Addo and Khaled Alsaleh scored to lead the Malabar outfit to a 2-0 win over Indian Arrows in New Delhi last week, which was their first win of the league.

Head Coach Bino George will be hoping that the victory provides the necessary spark his team need as they aim to continue their trek up the log standings.

George has said the fighting spirit from his team gives him confidence that they can get a positive result against their more fancied opponents.

“We have had good performance in our last match and the players are all showing good commitment,” added George.

About opponents, George answered: “We are aware of East Bengal’s form in the league and they have been doing well but are not scared of them. They are a big team and have good players, but we are ready for them. It will be tough game but we have to fight hard. Anything is possible in football.”

George knows that his defense comprising Daniel Addo, Emmanuel Chigozie, Provat Lakra and Santu Singh need to be at their best to stop East Bengal attackers.

A subplot for this fixture features East Bengal’s Bazie Armand and Gokulam’s Bayi Kamo Stephane, as two brothers will face each other for family bragging rights.

I-League 2017/18: Arrows aim to bounce back at Gokulam’s expense

NEW DELHI: Indian Arrows will be hoping to collect maximum points when they host Gokulam Kerala FC in an I-League 2017/18 encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Friday.

Since hammering Chennai City FC 3-0 at Goa last month, Arrows have gone on to register two successive defeats which were both against league leaders Minerva Punjab FC.

Arrows’ most recent defeat against Minerva was a lesson at both ends of the field as they failed to turn their dominance of general play into goals, and they also fell short in keeping it tight at the back, making silly error to concede the goal.

What should be worrying, though, Arrows Coach Luis Norton de Matos, is the fact that they have failed to score in their last two games and the gaffer has lamented the inconsistency and lack of sharpness at the final half of their play. The Portuguese tactician, however, is happy with the quality of his players.

While Coach Matos is looking to bounce back to the winning ways, he is expecting a tough match for his side. “It is going to be a tough match and we have to get ourselves in the right frame of mind to play well,”  Matos said.

As for Gokulam, they have had a awful start to their maiden I-League campaign, with an opening round defeat to Shillong Lajong and a 3-0 loss at the hands of Neroca FC sandwiching a 1-1 draw with Chennai City FC.

Hence, the Bino George-coached side will be keen to turn their season around with a win on the road against Arrows, who are on 8th spot in the standings.

Although it looks a huge task to ask especially the way Gokulam performed in their last outing against Neroca, but the Malabar outfit certainly has the potential to do so, but they need to get the basics right, especially in defense.

Expressing confidence over the team, Coach George has said: “The players have put the disappointment of losing against Neroca behind and they 100% focused on the upcoming match against Arrows.”

I-League 2017/18: Alan Deory leads the way as Lajong edge past Gokulam

SHILLONG: Shillong Lajong FC edged past debutantes Gokulam Kerala FC 1-0 to open their I-League 2017/18 campaign on Monday evening. It was an hard-fought win for the Reds thanks to a 78th minute goal from Alan Deory at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

The game was largely a snore fest‚ punctuated by weak crosses and loss of possession. The cold weather in Shillong meant the game was never going to be able to demand a decent tempo and so most of the passing and movement was at pedestrian pace.

Lajong started well, putting early pressure on the Gokulam defense. It resulted in a few good goal scoring opportunities for the home side. Gokulam custodian Nikhil Barnard, however, was in brilliant form, blocking numerous shots at goal from ending up in the back of the net.

Gokulam, on the other hand, slowly got more into the game, having some good combinations going forward during the second part of the first half.

The Bino George-coached side had the experience of Sushanth Mathew in midfield but their problems remain upfront where the final touch is increasingly hurried or ill thought.

Ivorian striker Bayi Kamo Stephane was guilty of over elaboration while Lelo Blaise Mbele did not take shots when he could.

Lajong‚ for their part‚ circulated the ball into an almost comatose state but when they went forward easily lost possession.

Hardy Cliff Nongbri tried to liven up matters with a long range shot in the 37th minute when he spotted Nikhil off his line but his effort was off target.

Gokulam’s only real chance of the first half came when Khaled Alsaleh’s free kick forced Lajong keeper Phurba Tempa Lachenpa to make a flamboyant save.

The Malabar-based side went narrowly close through Kamo shortly after the break but Deory’s goal was the only significant event of the second half.

Deory’s persistence was a big part of the goal with Samuel Lalmuanpuia assisting and Provat Lakra failing to clear and Deory picking up the loose ball to head it home in the 78th minute.

From there on, the game was basically done. Gokulam’s spirit looked a bit broken after the goal, as the side didn’t create too much in the sense of goal scoring chances during the latter stages of the match.

Lajong will host Churchill Brothers next on December 4 while Gokulam play Chennai City FC in the Southern Derby a couple of days later.

I-League 2017/18: A new look Lajong welcome Gokulam Kerala

SHILLONG: The I-League returns to Shillong on November 27 when Shillong Lajong FC hosts debutantes, Gokulam Kerala FC at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Lajong’s assistant coach Alison Kharsyntiew seemed very aware of the debutante’s threat and said his boys will be mentally prepared for the challenge.

“Gokulam is a new side in the I-League and we are sure they are going to give their 100% and a strong fight in their first ever I-League match,” he said.

“First game is always important for every club and we have faith in the players. As a team, we need to be confident and perform well. We will go all out for 3points.” he added.

The Reds will be very much relying on the defensive duties of the experienced foreigner duo of South Korean Juho Oh and Equatorial Guinea’s Lawrence Doe. “We have two senior defenders, Juho and Doe. We also have our young dynamic defenders. All of them are good defenders,” Alison said. “But the defense will be stronger if they work together as a cohesive unit. If they can do that then our defence will be strong,” he added.

The new foreign signings Daniel Odafin will be employed with the task of commanding the midfield while strikers Aiman and Koffi will be expected to convert the chances created into goals.

Lajong’s young guns from the Academy who have had the experience in playing I-League before, like Redeem Tlang, Samuel Lalmuanpuia, Shaibor Kharpan and Hardycliff Nongbri will be entrusted with the task of making sure their team grabs all three points at home tomorrow with a solid performance.

Gokulam, on the other hand, will be hoping to make a dream start in the new season of the I-League. They played friendly matches against a few ISL teams and also drew against their ISL counterpart Kerala Blasters.

“The first few games are always a bit tricky, as most teams still read like a closed book,” the Goukulam coach added. “We have done our homework and we gathered intelligence about Lajong, albeit limited because they have a entirely new squad.”

“It is very cold in Shillong and we are trying to acclimatize to the conditions,” George admits that weather is the biggest obstacle for his charges.

On the selection front, George commented: “We will play our best possible side. The competition for places is at an all-time high at the moment.”

“The energy in the camp is gratifying,” concluded George. “We want to display good football and take away the three points.”