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GKFC renew Sharif Mukhammad’s contract
May 28, 2021

GKFC renew Sharif Mukhammad’s contract

Kozhikode, May 28: Gokulam Kerala have extended the contract of foreign player Sharif Mukhammad for the upcoming season.

The Afghan national midfielder played a pivotal role for the Malabarians’ previous season to help the club lift its maiden I-League title.

Sharif, who played in the defensive midfield position, scored four goals in the 14 matches he played for the Malabarians. He was also the anchorman in Italian coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese’s attacking style with a whopping 799 passes.

He was a crucial component in the three-man midfield of Gokulam Kerala FC. His free-kick goal paved way for the Malabarians comeback win against TRAU FC in the last match of the ILeague and win the championship.

Born and brought up in Russia, Sharif started his football journey at the age of seven with the academy of Anzhi Makhachkala, a Russian Premier League club. He was promoted to their senior team and remained at his boyhood club for five years. At Anzhi, he has played along with top footballers such as Roberto Carlos, Willian, and Samuel Eto.

He later joined Spartak Nalchik, AFC Eskilstuna, and Maziya. At Maziya, he has played AFC Cup. Sharif is a regular starter for the Afghan National team and has made several appearances for them. At present, he is in the Afghan national team camp in Dubai.

“I am glad to renew the contract with Gokulam Kerala FC. Last year it was a memorable experience for me to be with the Malabarians. We want to win more titles in the upcoming year and I hope we will have another superb season ahead,” said Sharif Mukhammad.

“I am so happy to have Sharif for the next season also. He is a top-quality player in our league. He is a strong midfielder with experience in playing in Asia Cup. He is a leader in midfield and he can balance very nicely between attacking and defensive phases. Sharif is also a good freekick taker,” said Gokulam Kerala FC head coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese.

“Sharif is a hardworking player and his experience was valuable for us last year. He knows our playing style and his extension is a great boost for our Asia Cup dreams next season,” said Gokulam Gopalan, the Chairman of Gokulam Kerala FC.

GKFC sign upcoming defender Muhammed Rafi
May 21, 2021

GKFC sign upcoming defender Muhammed Rafi

Kozhikode, May 21: Gokulam Kerala FC have signed young Kerala defender Muhammed Rafi for the upcoming season. The 20-year-old defender from Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district has represented India in the under-19 category and has won the SAFF Under-19 Championship held in Nepal.

He has also represented the country in the AFC Under-19 qualifying rounds and was also part of several exposure trips (Russia, Turkey, and Vanuatu). He was part of the Bengaluru FC academy setup and has won the Bengaluru Super Division for the club.

Recently he played for the Mar Athanasius College team in the Kerala Premier League and he was scouted by the Malabarians from the tournament. He had won one man of the match award in the tournament and also has scored a goal.

He played mainly as a center-back for MA College but was also deployed as wing-back to bring more attacking intent later.

“It is an honor to sign for the ILeague champions Gokulam Kerala FC. I have keenly followed their matches in the ILeague and I believe, I can add more vigor and strength to their squad. I look forward to a great season with the Malabarians,” said Rafi.

“Rafi is an upcoming footballer from Kerala with ample experience with the national team in various age categories. We have a philosophy to promote young Kerala players and his signing is another example of it. We want to promote as many local talents. I am sure Rafi will have a bright future with the club,” said VC Praveen, the president of Gokulam Kerala FC.

വാക്‌സിൻ ചാലഞ്ചിന് ഉബൈദിന്റെ ജേഴ്‌സി ലേലം ചെയ്യും
May 19, 2021

വാക്‌സിൻ ചാലഞ്ചിന് ഉബൈദിന്റെ ജേഴ്‌സി ലേലം ചെയ്യും

മുഖ്യമന്ത്രിയുടെ ദുരിതാശ്വാസ നിധിയിലേക്ക് തുക സമാഹരിക്കാൻ ഗോകുലം കേരള എഫ് സിയുടെ ഗോൾ കീപ്പർ സി കെ ഉബൈദ് തന്റെ ഐ ലീഗ് ജേഴ്‌സി ലേലം ചെയ്യുന്നു. വാക്‌സിൻ ചാലഞ്ചിന്റെ ഭാഗമായിട്ടാണ് ലേലം നടക്കുക.

എസ് എഫ് ഐ കൂത്തുപറമ്പ് ഏരിയാ കമ്മറ്റിയുടെ ഫേസ്ബുക്ക് പേജിലൂടെയാണ് ലേലം നടക്കുന്നത്. ആദ്യമായ് ഐ ലീഗ് കിരീടം നേടി ചരിത്രം കുറിച്ച ഗോകുലം കേരള എഫ് സിയുടെ ഗോൾകീപ്പറാണ് ഉബൈദ്.

ഗോകുലത്തിന്റെ വിജയത്തിൽ സുപ്രധാന പങ്കു വഹിച്ച ഉബൈദിന്റെ ജേഴ്‌സി 15,000 രൂപ അടിസ്ഥാന വിലയ്ക്കാണ് ലേലത്തിന് വെയ്ക്കുന്നത്.

“പലരും കോവിഡ് കാരണം കഷ്ടപ്പാടിലാണ് എന്നറിയാം. അത് കൊണ്ട് തന്നെ എസ് എഫ് ഐ പ്രവർത്തകർ എന്നെ സമീപിച്ചപ്പോൾ ഞാൻ സമ്മതിച്ചത്. ഐ ലീഗ് വിജയിച്ച ഈ ജേർസി എനിക്ക് വളരെ പ്രധാനപെട്ടതാണ്. വീട്ടിൽ ഫ്രെയിം ചെയ്തു വെയ്ക്കുവാൻ ആയിരിന്നു ആഗ്രഹിച്ചത്. പക്ഷെ ഈ ജേഴ്‌സി കൊണ്ട് മറ്റുള്ളവർക്കു ഉപകാരം ഉണ്ടാവുമെങ്കിലും എനിക്ക് കൂടുതൽ സന്തോഷമേയുള്ളൂ,” ഉബൈദ് പറഞ്ഞു.

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We must show supporters that we can win back-to-back titles: Annese
April 26, 2021

We must show supporters that we can win back-to-back titles: Annese

GKFC Media

Kozhikode, April 26:

I-League-winning Italian coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese has extended his contract with Malabarians. In a free-wheeling interview, he explains his dreams of celebrating goals with supporters, defending the ILeague title, and also his Asian dreams.

You will be continuing your term with Malabarians. What are your thoughts on a contract extension and your aims?

I am so excited to be part of this big family. I was so honoured to win the title last year. Now we need to repeat it. And we need to concentrate on Asia. We are a new entry to this competition. It will be hard and complicate. But my mentality is always to win. We will try hard to do our best in Asia. Our first aim is to pass through the group stage in Asia.

Malabarians will be playing in the AFC Cup next season. Also, we have to defend the ILeague title. What will be your realistic targets for next season?

Next season we have to again win the title. It is very important to win the title. We must show supporters that we can win back-to-back titles. And we need all the supporters here to watch us play. I hope the Covid will finish so that supporters can come and watch our performance in the stadium. This is very important for me because I need football with supporters.

You employed a different style of football last year. We are the top-scoring team in the league. How do you plan to take forward your attacking style next season?

We need to take forward this style. All the time we need to attack forward. We need to press our opponents. We need to impose our game on opponents. We need to create the same atmosphere, same aggressiveness among the players to make sure that we win titles next season.

You have given opportunities to several Kerala players, especially young players. Can we expect more Kerala talents in your team next season?

Kerala players are in my plans. I have identified players who can be part of my plans next season. I am very happy to work with young players. They give us a lot of energy, speed, and enthusiasm, which will be beneficial to the club.

Your message to fans

I want to be together with the fans. I want to see the stadium full next season. I get excited when we score and I want to celebrate it with our fans. You know we are going to score a lot of goals this year. So I wish everyone to come to our stadium and watch our performance.

GKFC win Kerala Premier League, completes title double
April 21, 2021

GKFC win Kerala Premier League, completes title double

KOCHI, APRIL 21: Gokulam Kerala FC staged another heroic comeback to be crowned Kerala champions as they defeated Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), 2-1, in a thrilling match that was extended to the extra-time in the Kerala Premier League here on Wednesday.

The Malabarians were down, 1-0, till the 80 th minute but Nimshad Roshan’s wonder strike with just ten minutes into the final whistle turned the tables for the reserves of the Kozhikode-based I-League team.

Nimshad, who was subbed in after KSEB’s 54th-minute goal pulled off a stellar performance as he equalled the score-line with a shot from 25 yards and the match went on to extra-time.

Ganesan scored another beautiful goal into the second minute of the extra-time to seal the victory for the Malabarians, coached by former Indian international NM Najeeb.

This is the second time Gokulam Kerala FC winning the state league. For the past four years, the club has also reached the finals of the premier football tournament in the state.

With the win, the club has the rare distinction of being the reigning champions of the I-League, the Indian Women’s League, The Durand Cup, and the Kerala Premier League.

“I am so happy about the win. We started slowly but after the equalizer, we were able to dominate the game and grab the victory. We have been training at Kozhikode for the past five months, and all our hard work paid off,” said GKFC reserves head coach NM Najeeb after the victory.

“The win exemplifies the mentality of our club. Both our I-League and reserve team have shown a never-say-die attitude. We are a club driven by the passion to win trophies. We are happy to add another silverware to our trophy cabinet,” said VC Praveen, the president of Gokulam Kerala FC.


EMS Stadium - Kozhikkode

EMS Corporation Stadium is a football stadium in Kozhikode, currently home to the I-League club Gokulam Kerala Football Club. The stadium is named after E. M. S. Namboodiripad who was the first Chief Minister of Kerala.
Stadium had a record attendance for Gokulam Kerala FC with 32,246 spectators for Gokulam vs Minerva Punjab match in Hero I-League 2018-19 campaign.

Major football matches hosted:

  • 1980 AFC Women’s Asian Cup Football which the Indian team won silver was held here.1980 AFC Women’s Championship
  • 1987 Nehru Cup – The stadium hosted the 1987 Nehru Cup, which was won by the Soviet Union
  • Sait Nagjee Football Tournament
  • The stadium hosted football matches for the 35th National Games
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Indian Womens League
Durand Cup
Kerala Premier League
Bodousa Trophy Assam
Independence Day Cup Assam
Luca Cup
U15 Champions(2019)
All India Biju Patnaik Trophy
International Cup of Joy
U13 Champions(2017)
Sheikh Kamal International Cup
Semi Finalists(2019)
Hero Indian Women's League
Semi Finalists(2019)
Kerala Premier League
Runners Up(2019)

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