The Mumbai boss expressed confidence in his local players to deliver the goods this season…

Mumbai FC begin their I-League campaign with a home game against regional rivals DSK Shivajians at the Cooperage Stadium on Sunday.

The Mumbaikars are a much-transformed outfit after a major squad overhaul that that has seen significant investment in new players after a disappointing campaign last season where they narrowly avoided relegation. Speaking to the media before the season’s first Maha Derby new manager Santosh Kashyap sounded confident of putting together a good season.

“Fans will get their money’s worth” coming to watch Mumbai F.C. play, as they would entertain the supporters with attacking football the head coach said. The coach and captain Steven Dias sent a message to the fans asking them to come tomorrow and act as a 12thman for the team.

Mumbai this term have no foreign players in their ranks, but coach Kashyap said a new arrivvals can be expected as soon as next week.

Kashyap said that he has “good confidence” in the local players who are now part of Mumbai’s I-League team. He added, “DSK has the finest infrastructure in the country for players to develop”, expressing his thoughts on tomorrow’s opponents.

Speaking of former coach Khalid Jamil, Kashyap said, “Khalid has done a fantastic job at the club. He met the expectations of saving the club from relegation. But the club needed a change and I am thankful to the club for appointing me.”

“Allan Dias is out with a hamstring injury,” mentioned Kashyap addingthat there are a total of 20 players to choose from.

Both sides have put plenty of effort in and tomorrow’s Maharashtra Derby has a lot in store, considering both sides plan on playing out open attacking football.