In the early kick-off at 8am IST at the TransStadia in Ahmedabad, Kickstart FC will come up against HOPS FC on Tuesday. The team from Karnataka finished second in the Group B table. They registered 30 goals – the most by any team in their group and bagged five wins out of a possible seven.
Led by head coach Langam Chaoba Devi, Kickstart FC have also had a resurgent campaign as they went down 0-1 to Eastern Sporting Union in their first game before picking up five wins and a draw, while conceding just one goal.
On the other hand, the Delhi-based HOPS FC stood fourth in Group A as they made their way to an unprecedented knockout stage in their debut IWL season. Ahead of their historic clash, head coach Sanjay Singh spoke about his side’s preparations. “We have a healthy respect for our opponents. However, our team is known for its toughness and fighting spirit and we plan to play to our strengths without any pressure.”