ring a goal. | Photo Credit: AIFF


It was a sheer mismatch, to say the least as last year’s runner-up Kickstart FC was all at ease against host HOPS FC before running away with a 3-0 victory.

Barring a couple of shots that hit the crossbar and the post, the home side did little of note that could have cheered up the handful of spectators in the stands. However, its Ghanaian recruits, midfielder Gladys Amfobea and striker Fredrica Torkudzor have the potential to help the team grow shortly.

Kickstart is a far more composed side with serious intentions to have a go at the title, which it lost to Gokulam Kerala FC last year. A few losses of players in the transfer market notwithstanding, the Karnataka side has revamped its side with fresh recruits and could be expected to do better as the season progresses. Its two Nepalese strikers, Dipa Shahi and Preeti Rai are smooth operators in the final third and often play intelligent passes in the attacking zone.

Source : SportStar