Goa’s Churchill Brothers FC is set to lock horns with Punjab FC, who are the I League campion of 2017-18, in their first match of this season. This is going to be the first home encounter for the Goan side as the match will take place in Fatorda Stadium of Goa.
In the previous season, the Churchill Brothers had shown top performance against Punjab and defeated them 2-0 in their home match and drew 0-0 away in Ludhiana.
Churchill will look to improve their spot from last season when they had finished their campaign at the fourth spot with bagging 34 points. Churchill Brothers will be fielding a lot of new faces in this season with a few experienced ones including captain Willis Deon Plaza, Israel Gurung, Dawda Ceesay and James Kithan.
Speaking to the reporters Churchill Brother FC Goa captain, Wilis Deon Plaza said that they have a completely new team in this season and they are focusing on making good communication and understanding with each and every one of the dressing room. He added the first few matches of the campaign will be crucial in terms of building momentum and confidence in the squad. They are taking this match very seriously as getting a win is in the first game is important, said Plaza on Saturday.
On the other hand, Punjab FC had a terrible season last year. They totally failed to handle the pressure of defending the title after winning the league in 2017-18. They finished at the 10th spot in the table. However, Punjab FC will look to have a fresh start this season and some key players of this season are former East Bengal midfielder Sanju Pradhan, Brazillian winger Sergio Barboza Jr., and Dipanda Dicka.