Upbeat Lajong set to take on debutants Gokulam in season opener



Shillong Lajong FC and debutants Gokulam Kerela FC are scheduled to take on each other in their Hero I-League season opener at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on November 27, 2017. Shillong Lajong Assistant Coach Alison Kharsyntiew attended the press conference for the hosts.

Alison, the assistant coach of the Reds said that the first match of any league is hard and since Gokulam is a new side, they will give their best against the home side. To him, along with the playing eleven, the twelfth man, that is, the supporters are also very important. He hopes that not only the supporters from the city but also supporters from the outskirts will come to support the home team.

“They (Gokulam) are a good team, George is a good coach, and we have to be mentally prepared for them”, said Alison. He strongly emphasized on the point that since this is the first Hero I-League match of Gokulam, they will give their hundred percent, but he has faith in his players and believes they can win it. Confidence and sportsmanship are clearly evident in his words.

Alison stressed that football is a team sport and if each player commits to defense as well as offense, then Lajong will concede less goals as compared to the previous season.

“My advice to the players is that on Monday, play as a unit and give it all you have”, said Alison.

Talking about team co-ordination, he stated that the senior and junior players get along well, as it is a key aspect to any team’s performance that the senior players guide the juniors and it is also expected of the juniors to be respectable towards their seniors. In conclusion, there is one thing evident, that this match is going to be a really competitive and energetic match and also that the viewers will always be biting their nails in anticipation of miracles the players do on the field.

The match is slated to kick-off at 8 PM.

– Courtesy AIFF Media Team

Also Read: Bengaluru FC vs Delhi Dynamos: Strengths, Weakness, Player to watch out.

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