I-League to be a sprint, not a marathon this season: Curtis Fleming

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RouondGlass Punjab FC coach Curtis Fleming
RouondGlass Punjab FC coach Curtis Fleming

New Delhi [India], December 24 (ANI): RouondGlass Punjab FC coach Curtis Fleming labelled the fourteenth season of I-League as "a sprint, not a marathon" days prior to kicking off their campaign against former champions Aizawl FC at the Kalyani Stadium.

"All (teams) are special. Every game will bring in new challenges. Mohammedan is famous for its rich legacy. The north-eastern clubs always surprise you with their exciting players. It's going to be a terrific league. We'll treat everyone with the same respect. This (I-League) is going to be a sprint, not a marathon," the former Irish national team defender expressed during the I-League virtual media day on Thursday.

He lauded the clubs for signing some reputed experienced players alongside raw young talents as they would complement each other in the process to triumph the league.

"We have some really good young players, as well as some big names. We are really excited to see the league kicking off. There's a perfect balance in the squad. Young guys won't succeed if experienced ones don't help. In the same way, if the youngsters don't support, senior boys can't match the expectation. At the end of the day, the team-work makes it possible," Fleming said.

Chencho Gyeltshen, who is fondly called CG7 by the football supporters, also praised the youngsters likes Bikash Yumnam and Hormipam.

"We have some talented young players who dream big to achieve more. They're the future of Indian football. I'm really happy to work with them. First and foremost, they are good characters who are hungry," the Bhutanese forward mentioned.

Chencho, in his first season, played an instrumental role to help Minerva Punjab FC win their maiden I-League title. He scored seven goals to win the coveted best forward award in I-League 2017-18.

"Playing in India is always exciting. I have some really nice memories of playing in India, especially in Kolkata. I get so many messages and good luck wishes from Bhutan before every match. They pray for me and I'm really happy to have earned so many supporters in India. I want to thank them all," he continued.

The forthcoming I-League season will be hosted following all the guidelines and SOPs laid down by the MHA and no supporters will be allowed inside the stadium during the match. (ANI)