Kenkre FC U-18 Head Coach Akhil Kothari hails morale boosting win

Kenkre FC got off the mark in the Maharashtra Qualifying Zone of the U-18 I-League with a solid 3-0 win over city rivals PIFA Colaba at Cooperage on Saturday evening. Kenkre FC hot the ground running in the game and found themselves 3-0 up within the first forty minutes. PIFA came back hard at Kenkre in the second half, but Kenkre showed great resilience in defence to hold onto their clean sheet.

Kenkre FC U-18 Head Coach Akhil Kothari was delighted with his team’s performance and echoed the team’s joy at getting their first win on the board after three straight losses. “The win has given us a good feeling. We made a good start by scoring three goals in the first half. I felt it was important and built our confidence as we hadn’t scored in the previous games and then we did well to close the victory,” added the young Kenkre FC coach.

Kothari had words of praise for his defenders after he hailed their performance in the game as ‘perfect’ as his side quite efficiently thwarted the PIFA forward line in the second. “I felt the defence today was perfect. Everybody did their job well. With the 3-0 lead they were relaxing sometimes, but I made sure they kept the performance levels up throughout the ninety minutes,” Kothari added.

The young coach made an inspired change as he played midfielder Arfat Ansari upfront and as it turned out, it proved to be a master-stroke from the Kenkre FC gaffer. Kothari stated that he couldn’t have asked for more from his player as according to him, Ansari did what a striker needed to. “Arfat is actually a left sided midfield player. But I wanted someone strong who could hold the ball upfront for us. I felt the decision paid off handsomely as Arfat did what a striker has to and that is score goals. I couldn’t have asked for more from him,” expressed the young coach.

However Akhil Kothari who played as a defender for the Kenkre FC senior team, felt his team needed to build on from this win which did their confidence a world of good, against a Pune FC side, who have been running riot in the group so far. “We would take a lot of confidence and belief from today’s performance, but we to minimize our errors and stick to the tactics for our next game against top teams like Pune FC. We would now go back to the drawing board and work on our errors from today and get back stronger against Pune on Monday,” said the former Kenre FC left back.

After today’s win, Pune FC will be huge challenge for Akhil Kothari’s boys and it will be interesting to see what a win does to Kenkre as they take on the mighty Pune FC at home next week.

Somaiya Sports Academy to conduct trials for MFA 2nd Division campaign

Somaiya Sports Academy is looking for passionate young football players for the Somaiya Sports Academy Football Team to compete in the MFA 2nd Division League 2023-2024. If selected, you will…


BFC Soccer Schools – Mumbai to conduct trials for U14 & U16 Girls

The BFC Soccer Schools Elite team girls’ trials are coming up in search of talented players from the U14 to U16 (Born 2009 and after) age groups into the club’s…


Opportunity to make the team: U.K.M. Kothrud FC conducts selection trials for girls team

Pune-based U.K.M. Kothrud FC has announced that they will be conducting selection trials for their girl’s team on 15th January 2023 The club welcomes all players to come and showcase…


The Sunday Football League Season 4 is back

The Sunday Football League is back with its fourth season, and it’s shaping up to be the best one yet. With eight talented teams competing at the Kes Kandivali turf, there…


BFC Soccer Schools Elite team trials in Feb

Bengaluru FC launched their Mumbai program last season with the Soccer Schools and Elite programs with its local partner Soccer Schools of Excellence (SSE).  Bengaluru Football Club is a professional club…


India Khelo Football Season 2 Trials in Mumbai: A Chance to Kickstart Your Football Career

After conducting trials in 34 cities & villages across India, India Khelo Football is coming to Mumbai to hunt talent on 7th January. India Khelo Football kickstarted its season 2…


Mumbai Customs to conduct trials for Elite League

Former champions Mumbai Customs will be holding open trials for the upcoming MFA Elite Corporate League (Elite Division) The 2019 MFA Elite Division champions Mumbai Customs are conducting open trials…


Sunday Boys to hold trials for MFA 1st Division

MFA 1st division side Sunday Boys FC will be conducting trials in the first week of November for the upcoming football season Sunday Boys Football Club was established in the…


Millat FC to hold trials for MFA Elite Premier League

Millat FC – a club plying their trade in MFA Elite Division will be conducting open trials for their upcoming 2022-23 season Last season Millat had a decent run in…


MFA Elite Division club KSA to conduct trials for the upcoming season

Karnataka Sporting Association (KSA) – a club plying their trade in MFA Elite Division will be conducting open trials for their upcoming 2022-23 season Last season KSA had an amazing…