The decider of I-League 2nd Division 2017-18 season is all set to take place between Real Kashmir FC and Hindustan FC at FSV Arena, Bengaluru on Wednesday. This will decide the future for both clubs as one of these two will play in the top division of 2018-19 season i.e. I-League. Real Kashmir FC just need a draw to qualify while Hindustan FC needs a win.
Both Real Kashmir and Hindustan FC drew their previous games on Sunday. Match between Hindustan FC and Ozone FC ended in a 2-2 score line. Ozone FC came back from behind to score and drew the match. Sabeeth and Robert de Souza scored for David Booth’s side. Early goal from Kushant Chauhan and 57th min goal from Ashutosh Thapliyal were the two goals scored by Hindustan FC. In the other game, late equalizer from Nadong Bhutia gave Real Kashmir the chance and ended the game with a similar score line of 2-2 against TRAU from Imphal. This game will be exciting for the fans which will be played in FSV Arena after the game between Ozone FC and TRAU FC which will kick-off by 13:30 IST.
● DATE AND TIME:
Real Kashmir FC and Hindustan FC will face off each other on 30th of May, Wednesday at 17:45 IST.
FSV Arena, Bengaluru will host the game.
● TV BROADCAST:
DD Kashir will telecast the match live.
● TEAM NEWS:
Leopards of Kashmir are expected to field their strong XI in the all important game with Loveday to lead the side. Top goal scorers Ritwik Kumar Das, Atinder Mani and Yao are in red hot Real Kashmir FC. Danish and Ifham in the midfield are also crucial for the side from Kashmir. Looking upon Hindustan FC, Kushunt Chauhan and Thomyo L. Shimray have scored 4 goals for their side each and will be the key players for Basu’s side. Mithun Samanto will be the shot-stopper for Hindustan FC which will be lead by Pushpender Kundu.
● POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUP:
○ REAL KASHMIR FC:
Muhammad Hammad, Loveday Okechukwu, Khalid Qayoom;
Abhash Thapa, Shahnawaz Bashir, Nadong Bhutia, Danish Farooq;
Ritwik Kumar Das, Ifham Tariq, Kouassi Yao.
Maneshwar Mushahary, Shailesh Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Hamza Bamba;
Pushpendar Kundu, Amestrong Alexandre, Pawan Pratap Singh;
Nikhil Gehlot, Thomyo L.Shimray, Kushant Chauhan.
● PREVIOUS MEETINGS:
Both these side met each other during the preliminary group stage games which ended in a 0-0 and 3-3 score lines. Real Kashmir finished on top with overall goal difference while Hindustan FC finished second behind Real Kashmir FC in Group A of the preliminary round. In the previous meeting Atinder Mani, Kouassi Yoa and Ifham Tariq netted for Real Kashmir FC and Pushpender Kundu, Alexandre and Pawan singh scored for Hindustan FC which ended in a score line 3-3.
● WRITER’S TAKE:
This will be a one cracker of game at FSV Arena since, it’s a do or die for both clubs to win the title and gain promotion. Both Real Kashmir FC and Hindustan FC will look to win this contest with full force. When considering stats, Leopards have conceded 12 goals and scored 20. Meanwhile, Hindustan FC have scored 16 and conceded 9 goals. Real Kashmir FC under the coaching of Rangers legend David Robertson has the upper hand when it comes to stats. They just need a draw to win the title while Hindustan FC has to win and everything will be decided on the field on Wednesday. Whoever seals the deal tomorrow, the win will ultimately be for Indian football. If Hindustan wins then I-League will see it’s first entrants from the nation’s capital while Real Kashmir sealing the deal may see a change in fortune for not only the club but for whole Kashmir football on long run.