Nearly one-and-half a long time after it was fashioned to advertise expertise in coastal areas, Kovalam FC (KFC) has achieved one thing vital in its historical past.
The Thiruvananthapuram-based skilled soccer membership has certified for the Super Six of the Scoreline Kerala Premier League (KPL) for the primary time. KFC certified from a gaggle that included Kerala Blasters and defending champion Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB). In the seven-team group, Kovalam FC completed with 4 wins, together with one over Blasters.
With no large stars, no Santosh Trophy participant, no abroad participant, and no participant from North East and different States, Kovalam FC is generally manufactured from native expertise and has a sprinkling of gamers from different districts. Operating on a shoestring price range, KFC has overcome many odds to remain afloat all these years.
KFC is likely one of the few golf equipment within the State to have its personal stadium and a residential soccer academy. T.J.S. Mathew and his spouse Sally Mathew are the shifting power behind the Kovalam FC Foundation which runs the residential soccer academy and takes care of the training of the soccer gamers. The sponsorship from Federal Bank and the Adani Group additionally got here on the proper time to assist the membership in its ahead journey.
After managing to stop a demotion final season, KFC got here up with a breakthrough efficiency this season.
The arduous work and perception of former Santosh Trophy participant and head coach Ebin Rose have lastly paid dividends.ͅ
“No doubt this has been a beautiful efficiency from the boys. We take immense satisfaction in selling native expertise and we’ve got achieved this with gamers who’ve come by way of the ranks from our academy. We labored arduous to enhance the health of gamers throughout the low season. The boys performed just a few apply matches in opposition to large golf equipment and it put them in good stead. We at KFC are taking a look at a holistic improvement of the participant. There was no compromise on self-discipline and there was no excuse for lacking apply classes,’’ mentioned Rose.
“The groups we performed in opposition to had been undoubtedly stronger than us. We had a versatile gameplan and our strategy was barely defensive and we relied extra on counterattacks. But not like within the earlier seasons, we had the correct of gamers for implementing our sport plan.
Qualifying for the Super Six is big for us. Now we’ve got gained the respect of different groups and our gamers are getting observed. Three KFC gamers had been chosen for the Kerala workforce that received Khelo India title. Our final goal is to determine within the I-league and past,’’ mentioned Ebin.
Source web site: www.thehindu.com