Gope, who joined TRAU in 2021, previously turned out for Jamshedpur FC Reserves between 2018 and 2019, making 12 appearances in the 2nd Division I-League.
Nepal defender Ananta Tamang, who joined SC East Bengal in the January transfer window to fill the Asian quota left empty by Tomislav Mrcela, could be seen in action on Saturday.
KPCC president DK Shivakumar and former CM Siddaramaiah, are leading the padayatra, demanding implementation of the Mekedatu project to provide drinking water to Bengaluru.
Bengaluru showed character to come back from one goal behind to win it 2-1 with Danish Farooq and Cleiton Silva scoring for the Blues after Nandhakumar Sekar gave Odisha the lead.
If the Blues were eager to move up the table, the Highlanders who were already eliminated from the playoffs race were playing for pride.
With as many as nine teams still with a chance to qualify inside the top four, competition is fierce and we can expect a photo finish to the league stage.
It remains to be seen how Kerala Blasters, who have not played since Jan 12, fare in their return as they face the Blues at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco on Sunday.
Chennaiyin, who only lost a single game in their first six, have lost four in the next seven, which does not augur well for them.
When Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin FC lock horns in Bambolim on Wednesday, the latter can take top spot with a victory while the Blues can inch closer to the play-offs spot with three points
It is not going to be an easy clash for Bengaluru, who have not played after their win over Mumbai City on January 10
With Marco Pezzaiuoli’s side still in the bottom half of the table, a good outing and more importantly, three points against Mumbai will help them climb up the ladder.
Both the teams have recharged their batteries with the Blues having not played a single game in the last 10 days while their opponents' have not featured for eight days.
With the league almost at the halfway stage, it would take something special from Bengaluru to make it to the top four and qualify for the play-offs
It is fair to say results have not gone according to plan under the new coach Marco Pezzaiuoli, who has his task cut out as the Blues face Jamshedpur FC in Bambolim on Monday
The hosts started on the front foot and went ahead as soon as the seventh minute as Akash Mishra found Ogbeche after darting past a few white and blue shirts.