Last year, the visitors forfeited their match against the Snow Leopards
9th January 2020, New Delhi: Following last year’s debacle, which resulted in a lot of social media criticism for Minerva Punjab FC, the team is back in Kashmir this season with a new name & character. The team, now called Apollo Punjab FC has arrived in Srinagar and practicing in the sub-zero temperature for the much-awaited encounter, which is to take place on 10th January at the TRC Turf Ground. The match, which will be the second-ever encounter between the two teams in Hero I-League, will kick-off at 11:00 AM.
Last season the team from Punjab refused to travel to Srinagar for their match against Real Kashmir, following the Pulwama terror attack.
Speaking before the match, Real Kashmir FC, Head Coach, David Robertson said, “Punjab is always a tough team to play against. We know it will be a tough encounter but we are looking forward to it. If we play and work as hard as we have, we can win the game. Hero I-League is very competitive and there is no easy game and every team is capable of beating each other so there will be a lot of twists and turns as we move on.”
Punjab FC is yet to hit upon consistency and the coach of the Punjab Yan Law would hope their teams would begin that quest from the TRC Ground in Srinagar on Friday.
Punjab FC, Head Coach, Yan Law reflected upon the match against TRAU and said, “Kashmir is one of the strongest teams at home. The weather, the artificial turf, the size of the pitch, and the fans are all in favor of Real Kashmir. It’s very difficult to get points off them for any traveling team. But the boys have worked hard and are ready to get the points we missed from the last game. Let’s hope for the best.”
Friday’s match would be played under extremely cold conditions and on artificial turf. The minimum temperature expected in Srinagar on the matchday is projected to dip below the zero-degree Celsius mark.
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