I-League 2017: Churchill Brothers to play at Vasco, Indian Arrows to return to Goa in January

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Three teams will be playing their home games at three different venues in Goa from the coming year...

Indian Arrows are set for a return to the Bambolim Athletic Stadium in Goa from January next year to play their I-League 'home games', Goal can confirm.

They will be playing their next three home fixtures against Gokulam Kerala, Shillong Lajong and East Bengal at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi on December 22, 26 and January 2 respectively.

Though the Arrows' next home game at Bambolim against NEROCA will be on January 16, the team will resume their camp in Goa after the game on January 2.

The young Indian team had played their initial two games against Chennai City (won 3-0) and Minerva Punjab (lost 2-0) at Bambolim due to unavailability of stadiums in Delhi.

On the other hand, as Indian Super League (ISL) outfit FC Goa uses the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda as their home ground, I-League outfit Churchill Brothers will be forced to shift their home base to the Tilak Maidan in Vasco.

"We have finalised everything (with Star). FC Goa have a huge set up at Fatorda. We cannot remove and put it back again and again. So for that reason, we shifted our games to Vasco," general coordinator of Churchill Brothers Anthony Leo Fernandes confirmed to Goal.

Churchill Brothers SC I-League 2017/2018

Fernandes also gave an update on three of Red Machines' fixtures that were originally scheduled for a 2 PM IST kick-off.

"The matches that are at 2 PM will be most probably readjusted to 8 pm. You cannot play matches at 2 pm in Goa," he said.

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Owing to high accommodation costs for teams in Goa during the Christmas and New Year season break, which is also one of the reasons why Arrows won't play in Goa until next year, Churchill Brothers will have their games slated for December 26 (v Mohun Bagan) and 30 (v Minerva Punjab) postponed.

"Those two games are already rescheduled. Star will be looking at the next slots. So we are also waiting on the confirmation on the same," informed I-League CEO Sunando Dhar.

As a result, after Churchill Brothers play their first home game against Chennai City on December 19, the club will resume league football when they host East Bengal next year on January 8.

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