Real Kashmir Want I-League Crown: Coach David Robertson

  • ‘Not possible to play in Kashmir’
  • ‘Our support is passionate’

NEW DELHI: After bursting onto the scene almost five years ago, Real Kashmir FC are no longer the new kids on the block. The team from the Himalayas have been performing very well in the Hero I-League.

Going back to 2014, in the aftermath of the Kashmir floods, what started initially as a community outreach programme, sowed the seeds for what later became Real Kashmir Football Club. Since then, their rise has been meteoric. They have established themselves as one of the most talented teams in the Hero I-League, and in the 2021-22 season, the team wants to reach the summit and win the tournament.

Being one of the first clubs from the region to grace the I-League, Real Kashmir are naturally seen as the flag bearers of football in Jammu and Kashmir. However, Robertson believes there is no added pressure on the local, homegrown players to do well.

“It does not matter where a team comes from as we have expectations from our state as we are not a new club anymore. We have established ourselves in the league and now have to push to challenge for the title,” he opined. When asked about how the players will be feeling about not being able to play in their home stadium this season, Robertson said, “Many of the players we recruited were excited to play in Kashmir, but that will not be possible,” he said. “Our support is passionate and has given us the energy in previous games to keep going until the end.” (AIFF)

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