Living off a meagre budget, Air India have their task cut out in the I-League as they hope to avoid the drop at the end of the 2011-12 season.
Having just about survived in the top flight football last season, coach Santosh Kashyap states that his team’s objective is to garner enough points to stay clear off the danger zone.
“Let us try and save ourselves from getting relegated and then let’s see how far we can climb on the table.”
Memories of the 14-0 defeat at the hands of Dempo SC in Goa are still fresh and it isn’t surprising that the club recruited a number of defenders to add more steel to their backline.
“Lamine Tamba is a very good addition to our squad though he shall join us before the end of the week. Takayuki will also be back before the I-League kick-off. We have snapped up Henry Ezeh from Mumbai FC. I still am on the lookout for a foreign player,” said Kashyap.
Injuries have begun to hurt the Mumbai club as already quite a few players are out of action for quite some time with Kali Alaudeen being the most notable. Kashyap hopes that some of his boys shrug off their injury concerns soon and be ready for India’s topmost competition – the I-League.
With their first game scheduled against Mumbai FC, the former Mahindra United youth coach praised his counterpart and their management.
“Mumbai FC are a very good side. I give all the credit to Khalid Jamil as each year they prepare within a short time and do well thereafter. Given that it’s a Mumbai derby, we expect to give a tough fight.
“It will be a good match for the fans too,” he promised.
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