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FC Kerala to Conduct Open Trials

Last season, FC Kerala raised a few eyebrows when it came up with a string of good performances both IN THE second division I-league and the Kerala Premier league (KPL). The Thrissur-based professional football club narrowly failed to qualify for the final round of the second division I-League, losing out to Ozone FC on goal difference. In the KPL, FC Kerala showed a lot of promise initially only to lose steam in the later stages. Coach T.G. Purushothaman attributed the lacklustre show in the KPL to fatigue and poor bench-strength. “The schedule was hectic as we played around 24 matches with little rest in between and it reflected in the performance. However, I am proud of the way the boys played this season. We have made people sit up and take notice. Though we were unlucky not to qualify for the final stage of second division I-League, we had achieved the goals we had set for us at the start of the season,” he said. “If one was to look at our last season’s performance critically, we created a lot of chances but converted only a few of those. Moreover, we could have defended a lot better against strong teams in crucial matches. But overall, it was a good result for this team which was formed three years ago. Unlike Kerala Blasters and Gokulam FC, our budget is also very limited,” he added. However, FC Kerala has started the groundwork to expand its talent pool and attract quality players to build the bench-strength for the next season. It will conduct an open trials at the Corporation Stadium, Thrissur on June 24 and 25 for selecting players to its football team. “We are not looking for big stars but talented players. They don’t even have to play representative football but need to have passion and aptitude for the game. There are players who lost out on selection due various factors which were beyond their control and we believe in giving opportunities for such players,” he added The first day of the trials will be open to players from the State and the second day to outstation players and foreigners. “We expect to get a good response and the news of the open trials is widely circulated in the social media. Everyone will be given a fair chance and selected players will form the core of the team for the next season,” said the coach. (courtesy: The Hindu) (June 23, 2018)