Mohammedan and Gokulam have seven points apiece with the Kerala side having won two matches and lost two with one game drawn.
Thahir Zaman, who is another product that has come out of Koduvalli, in the Malabar region, is also getting used to life in the I-League.
A Jiteshwor Singh's own goal, strikes by Philip Adjah and Jestin Geroge and Mohammad Sharif's penalty were enough to hand the Malabarians three points and put them in the top half of the standings.
As the new I-League season gets underway, the two teams will be hoping to have a final say on where the trophy goes at the end of the season.
The qualifiers only had five teams and was a 25-day affair while the I-League will be played among 11 teams for over 100 days. The teams have been divided across two 5-star hotels.
All the players and staff of Gokulam have tested negative in the Covid-19 tests conducted in the past three weeks.
Gokulam Kerala FC face off against neighbours Chennai City FC in their opening clash of the new season on January 9 in Kalyani.
Mihir is the youngest goalkeeping coach in I-League and the youngest to hold the Level-3 goalkeeping coaching licence.
The matches will be held closed-door, following strict COVID-19 regulations, said the organisers.
Gokulam Kerala FC's newly appointed head coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese from Italy last week flew down from his residence in Armenia.
The I-League season is set to get underway from January 2021 and Gokulam Kerala FC are wasting no time as they are among the first participating clubs to resume on-field training activities.
While Gokulam are hoping to re-start training, a major question-mark is on whether these foreign players, who were integral to the team last season can return.
Under Varela, Gokulam managed to win the Durand Cup, but had an underwhelming campaign in the I-League, which led to the two parting ways at the end of the season.
The last few decades have shown that it doesn't need a coronavirus-like crisis for football clubs to shut down in the country.
Priya PV, who guided Gokulam Kerala FC to the Indian Women’s League title back in February is on a different mission these days.