Defending Champions Minerva Punjab FC, begin their I-League title defence with a home game against Goan giants Churchill Brothers Sports Club at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium here on Sunday.

The ‘Warriors’ from Punjab have a 2-1 head to head advantage going into the game with the former two-time winners.

Both teams have new strategists at the helm in the form of Irishman Paul Munster for the defending champions and Romanian Petre Gigiu for the Goans and with new look squads from last year, it will be interesting to see what impressions they form at the beginning of the season.

Technical Director and UEFA Pro-license holder coach Paul Munster is a 36-year old who played as striker successfully in Canada and comes to India after successful coaching stints in Sweden with youth teams.

It should hold them in good stead because Minerva is known for its good youth setup as well as for scouting and nurturing good young talent, in their brief but impressive history so far.

“We are the champions and so every team will be up against us. The players need to step up. Once the game starts, its all about the two teams and 90 minutes out at the pitch,” Munster said.

Minerva’s squad for the 12th Hero I-League once again reflects the focus on youth. In a potentially exciting forward line, 20-year-old sensation from Kohima, Hitova Ayemi, may just be the surprise package this time around for them. (IANS Inputs)

Where will the Minerva Punjab FC vs Churchill Brothers Sports Club match in the I-league 2018-19 season take place?
The match will take place at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Minerva Punjab home stadium.

When will the Minerva Punjab FC vs Churchill Brothers Sports Club match in the I-league 2018-19 season take place?
The match will kick off at 2 PM IST on 28th October 2018.

Which channel will telecast Minerva Punjab FC vs Churchill Brothers Sports Club match in the I-league 2018-19 season in India?
Star sports network have the broadcasting rights for the I-league matches.

Where can I live stream the Minerva Punjab FC vs Churchill Brothers Sports Club match in the I-league 2018-19?
The match can be live streamed online on the Hotstar and Jio app.