Bengaluru, Feb 13 (IANS) Kangchup Road Young Physical and Sports Association (KRYPHSA) FC will be taking on Gokulam Kerala FC (GKFC) in the final of the fourth edition of the Indian Women’s League (IWL) on Friday.
Kryphsa were denied a date with destiny two years ago, when they lost on penalties to Rising Student’s Club in the semi-finals. Gokulam too, suffered a 2-4 defeat in the hands of Manipur Police at the same stage, a year ago. Having successfully navigated their way to the finals this time, either side will be looking to exorcise their past demons.
The setting couldn’t have been any better, pitting the best defence of this IWL season against the best offence. Kryphsa made a clean sweep in the group stages, conceding none but did pick one out of the back of their net against Kenkre in the semi-finals.
Gokulam, on the other hand, have scored a staggering 28 goals in five games in the group stage, adding three more in the semis against defending champions Sethu FC, taking their tally for the season to 31.
“Scoring an astounding number of goals isn’t everything. It’s also about winning and getting the job done. Come Friday, we will be going all out for the title,” said Chaoba Devi, coach, KRYPHSA.
Kryphsa have been a complete package this term — showing immense defensive solidarity through the likes of Sweety Devi, Lilthoingambi Devi and Pakpi Devi at the back, transitioning play through their orchestrator Anju Tamang and metronome Babysana Devi in midfield, skipper Dangmei Grace’s vision and Roja Devi’s positional instinct to complement Ratanbala Devi’s lethality.