Title: Malabarian side Gokulam Kerala FC is set to commence their first match in Sk Kamal International Cup against Bangladesh Premier League champions Basundhara Kings at MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong.
The Durand champions received a late invitation after Dhaka Abahani decided to withdraw their name a few days ago. Gokulam is going to experience first AFC registered international cup in it’s history.
On the other side Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan lost to ten men Laotian club Young Elephants by 2-1 on Sunday. Bagan got an early lead in the first half when Julen Colinas put the ball into the net with a head from a corner, taken by Betia but lost the lead within few minutes. On 87′ Young Elephants conceded a penalty but Betia failed to convert it. However Laotian forward Somxay Keohanam found his consecutive second goal from the counter attack from a cross,vover Mohun Bagan defender Daneil Cyrus.
The Malaberians reached Chittagong earlier yesterday morning. Their star striker Marcus Joseph who scored nine goals in recent Durand Cup is not available for this match because of national duty. In his absence local boy Irshad is expected to wear the captains’ band for Gokulam. Gokulam coach Fernando Santiago looked concerned about late joining of his team.vThe Spaniard said, “It was really hard to reach here because the notification came in the last moment. However, we are here playing matches with the ISL teams and the team is in a good momentum. We must maintain confidence and balance in the game. We will do our best despite the inconvenience”. But obviously, like other I-League clubs they are going to take this league as a preparation for I-League as he added, “The tournament can help to learn more about how much we will have to improve before the start of the league”.