AIFF Media Team
NEW DELHI: A crucial match is coming up for the Indian Arrows in the historic IFA Shield as they face-off against Calcutta Customs in their second and final group stage game of the tournament.
In their first game of the IFA Shield, Indian Arrows suffered a 0-3 defeat against Real Kashmir FC, and this has left the Arrows in a precarious position, as they need to win against Calcutta Customs in order to qualify for the next stage of the IFA Shield.
Head Coach Venkatesh Shanmugam sounded happy with the manner his side have prepared for the match. “The preparations have been going well. We got some time to prepare after the first match as we played it on the 24th. This long duration has given us time to focus on our mistakes and prepare for further matches,” he stated.
“We have used these 5-6 days to work majorly on our defence and other things that we lacked in the previous game. We have tried to rectify them as much as possible,” Venkatesh added.
Venkatesh also lavished praise on opponents who defeated Real Kashmir FC in their first match. “Calcutta Customs are an experienced team and have some good foreign recruits. They have played the CFL (Calcutta Football League) and are an experienced side. But we are ready to face them, and put up a good show.”
The match will kick-off on December 1 is at 1.30pm.