Hyderabad FC head coach Thangboi Singto is gearing up for another tough challenge in the Indian Super League (ISL) as his side prepare to take on East Bengal FC at the GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday.

The Yellow and Black are currently positioned at the bottom of the table and have yet to register a win in the league this season. They are going through a tough time, but there have been some rays of hope, especially with some of the youngsters who have already shown their potential and are ready to seize most of the opportunities they get for the remainder of the season.

Head coach Singto acknowledges that it's a learning process for the young players, but they are planning to harness most of their potential in training.

“We as a team are trying our best. Is it enough? No, but it’s a learning process every day with all the youngsters and the very new staff that we have at the moment. But, we are planning as much as with our abilities and we are trying to execute in the training sessions properly,” Singto said in the post-match press conference.

Hyderabad FC will return to their home turf after an away defeat to Mohun Bagan Super Giant, where they once again showcased glimpses of their potential but ultimately fell short against the experienced opposition.

Singto expresses gratitude towards the fans who have stuck by their side through thick and thin.

“There are a few fans who are always there for us, chanting their hearts out for the team and we appreciate that. We believe that they will continue to support us in the upcoming games,” he said.

Their next opponent, East Bengal FC, are also coming off consecutive defeats and would be eager to bounce back in this game to revive their chances for playoff contention.

Keeping in mind the recent challenges that the Red and Gold Brigade have been facing, Singto doesn't want to take the opposition lightly as he prepares his side for another tough battle.

“It’s tough playing against top teams like East Bengal. There might be changes in foreigners or they may be facing suspensions but you cannot underestimate them. They are a difficult side to beat, but we are ready,” Singto stated.

Despite facing various challenges, Hyderabad FC receive a boost as captain Joao Victor is back in contention for selection in the upcoming match. The 49-year-old provides injury updates ahead of the game against East Bengal FC.

“Joao Victor couldn’t play the last match but has recovered from his injury and will be available for tomorrow’s game. Aaren D’Silva has unfortunately suffered a knee injury and may not be available for a few games,” he shared.

We are hopeful of a positive result against East Bengal FC: Sajad Parray

Defender Sajad Hussain Parray joined Thangboi Singto at the pre-match press conference. He has been a regular presence at the right-back position since the departure of Nikhil Poojary. Parray sheds light on their preparations leading up to the game against East Bengal FC.

Parray opens up on the preparation of them ahead of the game against East Bengal FC.

“We’ve been training hard and will try to implement the same on the field. East Bengal are a strong team. But we have worked hard and are prepared to face them. We will give our best and are hopeful of a positive result,” Parray stated.

The 20-year-old has seamlessly adapted to the defensive role, and he further opens up on how the senior players have been helpful in getting him accustomed to the ISL.

“We have the coaches who are always supporting us. Senior players like Joao Victor, Laxmikant Kattimani and Alex Saji are also very supportive. Initially, things were a little difficult, but now we understand each other and communicate well,” he said.