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Arrows ready for Dempo challenge

Pailan Arrows, the developmental side of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), will look to get back to winning ways when they take on title aspirants Dempo SC in the 12th round of I-League here at the Salt Lake Stadium Saturday.

Goan giant Dempo suffered one of the biggest losses in recent times when they were humiliated 1-5 by Pune FC at home. This defeat cost the defending champions their interim top spot in the standings, conceding position to state-rival Churchill Brothers.

Coach Armando Colaco oversaw the morning practice session ahead of the team’s new assignment but chose not to speak to the media for a change, and asked his senior players to do the talking.

“It is right that Arrows are the only side without a foreigner but the team is very good as they are grooming the future India players,” said Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, the goalkeeper.

“Arrows are a youthful side and have lots of energy. They will definitely look to make the most of home advantage. They are youthful and have abundant energy, which is the biggest point about the side,” he added “ We lost our last match against Pune FC but hopefully that would not have any impression in tomorrow’s match. It will be a new day and a new game. We have come out of that defeat, which was like a bad day in office. That would not affect our performance against out new opposition,” Subhasish said.

Dempo have 25 points from 11 matches while Arrows are on 14 points gained from 10 matches as both teams will eye a win.
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