AIFF U-18 Youth League 2018: ATK to begin campaign against Mohun Bagan
ATK will begin their campaign in the Kolkata Zonal Round of the AIFF U-18 Youth League 2018/19 against cross-city rivals Mohun Bagan AC at the Salt Lake Stadium training ground on Friday, 12th October 2018.
This will be ATK's second go at the Youth League after finishing last in the zonal round last season. This year, though, the team has been completely overhauled and better results are expected.
Under head coach Archisman Biswas, the young footballers have been training in Kolkata for over a month and he believes that the team is ready for the challenge. "Our team is quite strong, I feel. But I will not like to get too ahead of myself. The primary goal is to qualify from the zonal round and then, we can take it further. We have to go match by match, week by week," the coach said.
"The first match of any tournament is always important. On top of that, our first match is against Mohun Bagan. They are definitely a big club but I am confident that we will do well. I have told the boys to not take any pressure because of the opposition because, on the field, they are just another team," he added.
Here is ATK's full squad:
Goalkeepers: Raja Barman, Aryan Niraj Lamba, Prateek Singh, Anikesh Kr. Singh
Defenders: Balaram Mandi, Sumit Rathi, Supriyo Ghosh, Lalramchhuna, Seikhohao (Daniel), Robilal Mandi, Rakesh Roy, Mintu Mech
Midfielders: Larry Lalrinawma, Joseph Vanlalhruaia, R. Lalhriatzuala, Kiran Das, Abhishek Suryavanshi, Timothy Haokip, Seigoumang Doungel (Lee), Biren Rai, Goutam Das, Prasun Shome
Forwards: Md. Fardin Ali Molla, Bishnu Bordoloi, Umair Syed, Asit Hembram, Sagar Hansda, Ripunjoy Deori, Sunbungsa Basumatary