After making a solid start to the Indian Women’s League 2023 season, reigning champions Gokulam Kerala FC will face off against Sports Odisha at the TransStadia in Ahmedabad on Saturday, April 29.
The Malabarians put eight goals past debutants East Bengal FC in the opening game and are in good momentum ahead of their second match of the campaign. Speaking about the mood in the dressing room, head coach Anthony Andrews mentioned, “I am incredibly proud of the team’s performance in the previous game and we aim to take the positives forward.”
He went on to add, “We executed our game plan well and the players showed excellent teamwork and discipline. We will work on maintaining our momentum and building on our strengths in the upcoming matches.”
However, Andrews is wary of the challenge that Sports Odisha will bring to the table and insisted that his side won’t take their opponents lightly. “We respect all our opponents and prepare for every game with the same intensity and focus. Sports Odisha is a strong team, and we are aware of its capabilities. We have analysed their strengths and weaknesses and prepared a game plan accordingly,” he concluded.
On the other hand, Sports Odisha, too, bagged a thrilling 3-2 win over HOPS FC in their opening game of the season on Wednesday. The team will be looking to build on their positives as they progress into further matches. Head coach Paromita Sit discussed her side’s preparations ahead of the game against Gokulam Kerala. She quoted, “Gokulam were the winners last season and they are a very strong side, but our preparations have been good. We respect our opponents and will try our best to win the game.”
She went on to add that the young side is hungry to prove their calibre and will go all out against the defending champions. “The young players are confident enough to prove themselves and this is the biggest platform where they can show their talent,” the head coach added at the end.
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