‘We are training with high motivation’

Coach Shameel speaks before the Gokulam Kerala clash

Hyderabad FC put in a solid display to kick off their Durand Cup campaign with a 5-0 victory over Assam Rifles on Sunday. The young side will now take on defending champions Gokulam Kerala in what will be a crucial game on Thursday.

Reserve Team Head Coach Shameel Chembakath, who is proud of his boys’ performance in the last game shares his thoughts on the upcoming challenges…

On the learnings from the first game…

The win in the first game gave the players a lot of confidence early in the competition. But I believe that even if your team is not winning, it is important that you enjoy what to do and learn from the experience.

Now, they are training with high motivation which makes it easier for them to work and improve on their skills.


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On the challenges against GKFC…

The players are working hard and trying their best to stay in the best shape possible for this game. We are currently focusing more on the process than the results as we aim to make this a productive outing for everyone involved. Gokulam Kerala will be a strong opponent given that they’ve travelled with their full squad. However, we want to focus on ourselves, and hopefully we can put in a good performance.

On the HFC team bonding…

It is true that we did not get enough time to bond as a group leading into this tournament. There were a few new players who took time to adjust to the new environment but it is really important for us to put together a team that gels well.

This is where Coach Thangboi Singto’s contributions are important. He is with us in every step of the way and helps the team build strong relationship. Now players are starting to enjoy each other’s performances, understanding each other’s weaknesses strengths, interests and accepting the challenges in a very positive way.

A peek into the team talk…

It is important that you take the field confidently and play your natural game. Putting efforts at the highest level and showing ones’ own abilities and that of the collective is more important than the results.

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