India Arrows opens the I-League campaign against Gokulam Kerala on Friday

Vasco (Goa), December 5 () The entire development team of the Indian Football League, Indian Arrows, will begin its I-League campaign against a Gokulam Kerala in form here on Friday.

Gokulam Kerala is a much better team than the stunned by the Arrows, although with a different outfit, last season.

The combination of the trinitarian Marcus Joseph and the Ugandan Henry Kisseka is getting well for them, as it was seen in the victory of their first game against Neroca FC of Manipur at home.

Coach Fernando Valera sounded cautiously optimistic before the game and said: Our triumph at home gives us confidence, but we must be respectful of the rivals and we know that Indian Arrows is a very intense team.

On the plans for the game, he added: We need to stay focused, be dynamic and try to control the game.

The Indian Arrows, on the other hand, have a new coach in Shanmugam Venkatesh and brave youngsters like Ashish Mishra, Ajin Tom and Vikram Partap Singh and it remains to be seen if they have established themselves as a unit at the beginning of the season.

They are no longer all of the U-17 variety with players who now also have international U-19 experience.

Coach Venkatesh was monitored in his evaluation before the first game of the Arrows.

We are a new team and we are here to produce the future of Indian football. I would like to thank AIFF for the opportunity. It is a great challenge and I am very excited and confident and I hope to work with this group of boys, said the former assistant coach of the senior team of India. They are not at the same age level as the senior professionals and physically, it will be a difficult match for them. However, we have our own strengths. Resistance and technical capacity in that we are good and we will continue working on them. PDS PDS PDS