An “upbeat” Delhi Dynamos FC will take on Churchill Brothers as the qualifiers of the Hero Super Cup kicks-off at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhuwaneswar on Thursday (March 15, 2018). The kick-off is slated for 5 pm.
In another match which kicks-off at 8 pm at the same venue, North East United Football Club will lock horns with Gokulam Kerala FC. Both the matches will be telecast live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD, and on Hotstar and Jio TV.
The qualifiers of the tournament will be played between teams who finished between 7th and 10th in the Hero ISL and Hero I-League respectively. The four winners will proceed to the final round of the tournament which kicks-off from March 31.
DDFC who ended their ISL campaign in style after a 6-match unbeaten run informed they are taking the tournament very seriously and will “give their best tomorrow.”
"It has been a mixed season for us. We didn´t start well but towards the end, we improved a lot in various aspects and are currently unbeaten in our last-6 matches,” assistant Coach Shakti Chauhan said at the official pre-match press conference.
"This is a different ball game. All our players are fit and they´re rearing to give it a go tomorrow,” Chauhan confirmed.
On the other hand, Churchill Brothers FC Goa have come here at the back of a 6-match winless streak including 5 losses which eventually led to their relegation from the Hero I-League.
Coach Alfred Fernandes stated: "We have had ups and downs in the I-League but all of that is past. We´re looking forward tomorrow´s game against Delhi Dynamos FC and hope to get a positive result."
"DDFC didn´t start well. But they are on a dream run at the moment. We will put up a fight and intend to make every opportunity count,” he added.
Fernandes also informed that there are no injury concerns and despite defender Osagie Monday skipping the day´s practice session, will be available for the match.
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