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I-League: ‘Peoples Team’ Kashmir FC makes State proud

LocalI-League: 'Peoples Team' Kashmir FC makes State proud

Dubbed as the peoples team, Lone Star Kashmir FC, popularly known as Kashmir FC has made state proud by qualifying for the main round of the second division I-League.

Making historic comeback in its last two matches of the North Zone group of second division, I-League, JK’s first I-League team stunned everyone in the football circles of Country by winning all its matches against away teams played at Delhi.kashmir fc

While it had lost both its home matches against another I-League club of valley, Real Kashmir, it was three wins and a draw against two Delhi based sides that made Kashmir FC winners of the group. With 10 points, Kashmir FC bagged first place in the group and made its way into main round of the second division I-League.

The main round of the league is tentatively scheduled to be played from April 8 and Kashmir FC would be playing four home matches during the month at Srinagar.

Kashmir FC was the only side in second division league that didn’t had any foreign players in its side. The team mostly comprised of local JK players.

“It was special moment for us to finish group on top and what made it extra special was that it was all done by our local young players. Kashmir FC was the only side that didn’t had any foreign player in its squad and we still did it,” said Kashmir FC Chief Coach Hilal Rasool Parray

“Kashmir FC has a policy of grooming and nurturing local talent and on that line we play maximum of local players in our playing-XI. The qualification and finishing on top of group proves that we have got enough local talent in JK,” he said.

One of the top coaches of Country who works for JK Bank said that Kashmir FC now aims to give tough fight to other teams in main round in order to qualify for I-league.

“The job is half done as we will now face leaders of qualification round. There are six teams in main round and all of them are good. We will go all the way to qualify for the I-League which will be biggest milestone in the history of JK. For achieving our dream of making it to I-League we are looking to boost our team with couple of foreign players as well,” he said.

Hailing his young players, Hilal said, “The Under-21 level players like Muhammad Hammad, Imad Rashid, Waqar Malik, Aqib Javed and Karun Raina have high potential. Aakif is the second best scorer in the league so far and he is only Indian player to be among top five”.

Club statement said that Kashmir FC would not have been able to achieve feat without the support of J&K State Sports Council, J&K Football Association and Pick and Chose Super Market.

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