Hyderabad FC head coach Thangboi Singto expressed confidence in his younger players as they prepare to host FC Goa in Matchweek 13 of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 at the Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday.

Hyderabad FC currently sit at the bottom of the league table with four points from 11 matches, having failed to secure a single win halfway through the season. On the other hand, FC Goa is yet to be defeated in ISL this season and has registered 24 points from their 10 matches, sitting second on the table, and exhibiting top-class performance under the leadership of Manolo Marquez.

With several key players departing during the winter transfer window, Hyderabad FC will heavily depend on their younger players to carry the baton. The head coach believes that these players offer a beacon of hope, especially when they perform well against strong opponents.

“Playing with a very young squad, of course, there'll be glimpses of hope and, you know, better aspirations when the boys do well against big clubs,” stated Singto in the pre-match press conference.

Singto keeps his faith in the youngsters expecting them to put in a spirited performance against the experienced FC Goa side.

He said, “Whoever steps onto the field tomorrow against FC Goa, I believe that they won't leave any stone unturned and will give their best when they enter the pitch against seasoned, experienced players. As a coach, it's a significant challenge for me, but we have to be prepared for this challenge, and I think we are ready. It will be the biggest challenge the young boys have faced.”

Despite facing various challenges, the 49-year-old aims to reverse the situation in the second half of the season and secure a higher position in the league.

“It's a significant day for the start tomorrow in the second leg, and I hope we can present ourselves well and perform better than we did in the first leg—for the club, the fans, and the staff. Both ourselves and the players are prepared to fight,” he shared.

Defender Alex Saji accompanied Singto to the press conference. Having played in all three of their group-stage matches in the Kalinga Super Cup, he is poised to make his first appearance in the ISL this season.

“We are young players. It's a big opportunity for us to show what we can do. Now, all we can do that, stick to our plans and do our best for the team,” Saji commented.