Pailan Arrows hoping to notch first win
Kolkata: Pailan Arrows will hope to get their first win when they take on Sporting Clube de Goa as the I-League return leg kicks off tomorrow at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan.
Winless from 13 matches like bottom-placed HAL (2), the Arrows (7) are lying one place above the Bangalore outfit and they have shown promise but failed to get the maximum, something technical director Sukhwinder Singh is confident will change.
"We have utilised the break to see the younger players. We hope to come back stronger. We are keen to break the jinx," Singh said.
Having settled for a draw in their away leg, Arrows will look to get full points taking the home advantage into consideration.
Goalkeeping coach Tanumoy Basu said they signed up a few national Under-19 players who seem to be promising.
"Creative midfielder Prabir Das, striker Holicharan Narzary and midfielder Shenaj Singh are quite impressive," Basu said.
Carrying a niggle, Snehaj may not start in the XI, the goalkeeping coach said.
"We may not be able to play everybody against Sporting but will try out players like Bikramjit Singh, Arijeet Singh, Sonu Beniwal, Sumit Passi among others."
Fresh from his India outing against Bayern Munich in the Football Summit, forward C S Sabeeth will be the key cog in the Arrows wheel.
"It`s not long before we start winning. We have been distinctly unlucky not to win some matches. We need to convert whatever comes our way and I intend to hit the target more often," a confident Sabeeth said.
The Goan outfit had an unbeaten run till the sixth round, only to lose five matches as they slipped to 11th position with 14 points.