RoundGlass Punjab FC begins its Hero I-League 2022-23 campaign on Monday, 14th November, against Sreenidi Deccan FC. The match will be played at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula, with kick-off scheduled for 7 PM.
It is expected to be an interesting match as the visiting team won the two fixtures it played against RoundGlass Punjab FC in the last season.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference today, Head Coach Staikos Vergetis said, "We have had a great two month long pre-season with an exciting group of players. I am looking forward to tomorrow's game and see where we stand with the preparation we have had. We want to play a brand of football which will excite the fans and inspire the kids in Punjab to take up football."
Talking about the experience of coaching an Indian team Staikos added, "I believe the opportunity is the same. Football is football everywhere in the world."
Slovenian forward Luka Majcen stated that the team is ready to face Sreenidi Deccan FC in the first match. "They have a strong, compact team. We know what we are facing, and we are ready. We can expect an aggressive match tomorrow. The mood in the dressing room is excited and positive. We had a long pre-season, and we are all glad that we are no longer in bio-bubble"
RoundGlass Sports has embarked on a mission to strengthen the sporting ecosystem in India, underpinned by the principles of Wholistic Wellbeing. An attitude of boldness, creativity, honesty, and risk-taking epitomizes RoundGlass Punjab FC, which is bringing the unique spirit of Punjab's sporting culture to Indian football and wants to inspire every child to play.
Sreenidi Deccan Head Coach Carlos Vaz Pinto and defender Asheer Akhtar addressed the media ahead of the clash, giving their thoughts on the season opener. "We created a methodology to prevent injuries and have all our players available for the beginning of the campaign and we have managed that," said Vaz.
Defender Akhtar had a successful season with Mohammedan SC last time and this will be his first season in Sreenidi Deccan colours.
"RoundGlass Punjab did well last season with their experienced squad but we have also put together a good team and we can expect a good match," he said. "We have been together for a while now in pre-season and the coach has created a good atmosphere, akin to a family."