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Cops set for league challenge

Guwahati, July 23: Assam Police Blues are set to go all guns blazing in a bid to regain their place in the Guwahati Sports Association’s Super Division Football League after being relegated from the apex tier for the first time last season.

Speaking to The Telegraph, coach Jewel Bey sounded optimistic that his side would put up a “good show” in the forthcoming GSA A Division Football League. He also spoke of the challenges before them.

“This is the first time we will be playing in the A Division League and looking into the current proceedings, I think it will be quite competitive. The boys are practising hard and we have trained in Dergaon. Currently, we are going through rigorous training sessions here in Guwahati. Last year was disastrous for us. Our players didn’t play so badly but our forwards failed to find the back of the net, which let us down,” said Bey.

Since the inception of the GSA Super Division League in 1998, Assam Police Blues were relegated for the first time to the A Division Football League last year.

The policemen were champions for three consecutive years from 2004 to 2006 while the side was runner-up in 2009 and 2010.

“We went on to win the sixth edition of the Assam State Premier League in Sivasagar this year, which is a great sign, though we didn’t put in a full-strength side in the recently concluded N.N. Bhattacharya Football Tournament. We gave exposure to the ones who were mostly in the benches and were recruited last year and gave rest to the senior players keeping in mind the all-important A Division League,” the coach said.

“No new recruitment has been made this year and the same set of players is likely to be seen in action. Our ability to provide the finishing touches was the main problem last year and we have worked hard on it.

As far as the midfield and defence line are concerned we are quite all right with it. After being in the Super Division for so many years, we will try to do whatever is required to get back into the top tier again,” added Bey.