Real Kashmir brings I-league home


After winning a debut match in I-League 2018-19 on October 30, 2018, against Minerva Punjab FC, Kashmir based football club called Real Kashmir FC will be playing against the Churchill brothers on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at home turf in Srinagar.

players of both Real Kashmir FC and Churchill brothers practicing in Synthetic Turf Stadium in Srinagar on November 5, 2018. KL image by Bilal Bahadur

Media organizations from local to national appeared in the press conference addressed by the Real Kashmir FC team captain Loveday Enyinnaya and its coach David Robertson today. The coach and the captain spoke about the matches, players and their training for the match.

The turf in Srinagar, where the match is going to happen tomorrow was being maintained properly. Players from both the teams were also seen practicing in the ground.

Earlier, Real Kashmir had an impressive debut in the I-League. Taking the field in a 3-5-2 formation,  the team fought neck to neck against the reigning champions and eventually picked up full points.

Real Kashmir FC captain Loveday Enyinnaya and Coach David Robertson with opponents coach Petre Gigiu and captain. KL image by Bilal Bahadur

Now the team is up against Churchill Brothers who are yet to register a win in the I-League. After managing a 0-0 draw against Minerva, Churchill once again dropped points against Chennai City FC as they were held to a 2-2 draw but the South Indian outfit.

Speaking to the media, Loveday; Real Kashmir FC captain said that the team is not new to the cold weather as they have earlier played matches in Shillong, a cold hill station in northeast India. However, it could be tough for the Churchill brothers as they have to play under adverse weather conditions in Srinagar.

For the first time, I-League debutants Real Kashmir Football Club have pulled off a major sponsorship coup by signing up sportswear giant Adidas for the national season. Till now, no other football team has an association with the global brand.

On November, 30, this year, soon after the team won the second division league to make it to the top tier, the Jammu and Kashmir’s former chief minister Omar Abdullah appreciated the players for their achievement.

“That’s called a debut – @realkashmirfc defeat the defending champions in their opening match. Well done guys. Onwards & upwards. Here’s to more glory in the days ahead. It’s so nice to have something to cheer about. 1-0 was the score at final whistle,” Omar wrote on his twitter handle.


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