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I-League 2019-20: Bottom-placed Indian Arrows Host League Debutants TRAU FC

Indian Arrows host TRAU FC in the I-League. (Photo Credit: AIFF)

Indian Arrows host TRAU FC in the I-League. (Photo Credit: AIFF)

I-League 2019-20: Indian Arrows host TRAU FC in a bottom-three clash in Goa.

Goa: All India Football Federation's (AIFF) developmental side Indian Arrows will host Tiddim Road Athletic Union (TRAU) FC in the I-League 2019-20 at the Tilak Maidan in Goa on Sunday, January 12. The match is scheduled for a 5PM kick-off and will broadcast LIVE on DSport.

The Arrows, after six games, find themselves rooted to the bottom of the I-League standings. However, the young Arrows have shown signs of incredible resilience, giving every team in I-League a tough competition till the final whistle.

Despite falling short against Mohun Bagan in their previous game, Shanmugam Venkatesh, head coach of Indian Arrows reflected on the positives and said, "Mohun Bagan had a difficult time against us and it was not an easy outing at all. Our boys fought neck-to-neck until the final whistle and the experience will surely bear fruits for us in the upcoming matches."

Weighing in on their Sunday opponents, he added, "TRAU, in their last match, found the taste of victory and facing them now would be really challenging. They are improving constantly and we have to be at the top of our game to get some points."

TRAU, on the other hand, lifted themselves off the foot of the I-League standings following their historic and so far, maiden victory over cross-city rivals Neroca FC.

Another stat to be taken into account is that the Tiddim Road outfit have been unbeaten for three games now, with their last defeat coming almost a month ago, when they lost to Kolkata giants East Bengal on December 14 last year.

Speaking ahead of the match, Dimitris Dimitriou, head coach of TRAU FC said, "My boys all are pumped up and it was a great win for us against Neroca. Now we have to start fresh and from scratch. We are looking forward to the game against Indian Arrows match and like any other fixture, this one is very important to us."

Buoyed by their previous win and under a new leadership, TRAU can move two places up to seventh in the standings if they can come away with three points but against coach Venkatesh's young Arrows, it will always be a hard-fought affair.

first published:January 11, 2020, 22:56 IST