The team from Pune registered their first three points of the season at their third attempt…

DSK Shivajians’  first victory of the season came with a 2-0 win over Chennai City FC. The home side were the better side throughout the game and eventually strolled towards the finishing line. 

Speaking on the game head coach Dave Rogers said, “We dominated the game and were really fired up. This win was long overdue. We didn’t get rewards we deserved earlier. The boys became men. We have boys that train every day. I see the togetherness and hard work. I’ve been watching Milan (Singh) closely. He can offer a lot. Jerry at left-back is still learning. It’s the players who win matches, not formations.” 

The two foreign attacking players, Kim Song-Yong and Juan Quero ran the show for the home side, with both of them grabbing an assist and a goal each. The first goal was crossed in by Quero for Song-Yong to finish and the second goal saw the North Korean striker win a penalty which the captain coolly slotted home. 

Quero was taken off shortly after the hour mark, when DSK were already in a comfortable position. “He oozes energy. He loves playing football. I need to manage him. It was a good opportunity to bring him off. He’s not happy, but understands. He’s got lots of charisma. I felt I could get the best out of him. He’s lost a lot of his temper. I treat footballers like men. He’s trying to learn Hindi. The boys love him and he’s pivotal,” stated Rogers. 

“Kim’s work rate was excellent. He is a superb professional and human being. He is the best player at holding the ball up,” the Englishman continued. 

The 41-year old also made it clear his focus was solely on the actions of his own club. He opined, “I don’t worry about other clubs. We have some great staff and an owner (Shirish Kulkarni) who is wonderful. He believes what I believe in and wants to develop Indian football. We want to become the most unique club in Indian football.”

The head coach also made it clear he only thought of the club when choosing his players, rather than reputation. “For me it’s not about the names on the back of the shirt, it’s about the badge on the shirt. Players must perform on a daily basis. I’m building a club and from scratch to change Indian football.” 

Rogers finished off with a word on Subrata Paul, whose return date remains a mystery. “When he’s fit, he’ll play.”

DSK Shivajians’ next game is against Churchill Brothers at home on Saturday, 21st January.