Home / / Football / ‘Good to have players with I-League experience’

‘Good to have players with I-League experience’

The Santosh Trophy South Zone qualifiers are to be held at the Nehru Stadium from February 9 to 14 and the 29 probables selected to represent the State have now started practising at the venue.

Robin Charles Raja, State head coach, was seen monitoring and instructing his wards as they sweat it out.

For the prospect of playing in the Santosh Trophy, surely, is alluring enough. “After all, everyone wants to get noticed,” the coach said. But, at hand, is the immediate task of topping a pool of four teams to stand qualified for the main competition.

“We’re taking it one match at a time. Our immediate focus is on the match against Telangana, our first match in the qualifiers. By the end of this camp, a squad of twenty players will have to be finalised,” he said.

Two groups of four teams each will go into the qualifiers by the end of which two of them would’ve earned a place in the country’s long-running football tournament.

Right-winger Prem Kumar, one among those with I-league experience, joined the squad on Monday. “It helps to have such players in the squad; those with I-league experience. With them in the lead, it serves as a motivation for the others as they get to learn a lot.” Sirajuddin, another from the experienced lot, is set to join practice on Tuesday. These additions, according to the coach, will make up for the absence of Sudhakar and Charles. What’s his observation as to how the players have been shaping up?

“The flow, when they play, has gotten better now. Today (Monday) we focused on taking one on one which was followed by a practice game. With the amount of experience in the squad, hopefully, we should do well.”

Robin is assisted by Aldroy Atkinson, the assistant coach, Muruguvendham, the goalkeeping coach and Raghunath, the physiotherapist.

More In: Football | Sport
Ronaldinho is in Kozhikode after being named as the brand ambassador of the Sait Nagjee Football Tournament.

Traffic post falls near Ronaldinho’s vehicle

Kozhikode welcomed Ronaldinho with firecrackers and placards and above all thunderous applause and wolf whistles.

Ronaldinho kicks off Nagjee Cup after 20-year hiatus

Referee Mark Clattenburg shows a red card to Arsenal's Per Mertesacker for his last man tackle on Diego Costa.

EPL: Chelsea dent 10-man Arsenal’s title hopes

Bengaluru FC's Kim Song Yong (L) in action during the I-League match against Shilllong Lajong FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.

Bengaluru maintain perfect record to go top

Please Wait while comments are loading…

1.  Comments will be moderated by The Hindu editorial team.

2.  Comments that are abusive, personal, incendiary or irrelevant cannot be published.
3.  Please write complete sentences. Do not type comments in all capital letters,
      or in all lower case letters, or using abbreviated text.
      (example: u cannot substitute for you, d is not ‘the’, n is not ‘and’).
4.  We may remove hyperlinks within comments.
5.  Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name, to avoid rejection.

Leave a Reply

Scroll To Top