The Kerala outfit's recent acquisition of experienced goalkeeper Rakshit Dagar from Sudeva FC is an indication that they want to have a serious go at defending the title
The 44-year-old who was currently serving as the Technical Director of Gokulam shocked everybody by announcing that he was leaving the club.
The base price of the jersey has been set at Rs 15,000, but given the history attached to it, there will be a lot of takers for this special piece of souvenir.
Manipur-based club Neroca FC had finished at the bottom of the table in the last I-League.
Even the mighty Kerala Police spearheaded by the likes of IM Vijayan and VP Sathyan hadn't won a league title at the national level but Annese backed himself to help Gokulam win the elusive I-League
With the Indian Women's League, Inaugural Futsal Championship and I-League 2nd Division qualifiers set to follow, the authorities are planning for a challenging few months ahead.
"I would actually like to invite the coach (Stimac) to come and see us because there are a lot of quality players in the I-League," said Annese
Gokulam are in a three-way race for the title alongside TRAU and Churchill and trail the two teams with just two games remaining in the play-offs.
Players and managers have been up in arms over the performance of match officials in both ISL and I-League this season
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ATK coach Sheringham said that it would have been better if they could train at their home ground, ahead of the ISL season.
It was learnt that the AIFF had been asked to go for this short-term solution by IMG-R, their commercial and marketing partners.
In the most recent edition of the CFA League, they were in the running for the title till the very end, eventually finishing third.
The I-League, which starts from January 7, will now be of 10 teams including Aizawl FC whose relegation was revoked.
Chennai City FC and Chandigarh-based Minerva Academy FC were on Sunday handed direct entries into the I-League.