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November 25, 2021

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GKFC to face Kidderpore SC in the IFA Shield Opener

Kozhikode, November 25: Gokulam Kerala FC will play its IFA Shield matches starting from November 26 at Kolkata. The Kerala team is playing in Group ‘C’ against Kidderpore SC in the opener and will face BSS Sporting Club on November 29 th.

The kickoff time is 2 PM and the matches are live on the website phoneflix.in .

Last year Gokulam Kerala FC were ousted in the group stages in the IFA Shield but came back stronger in the ILeague to become the champions. This year also after IFA Shield the team is continuing in Kolkata to take part in the ILeague, which is starting on December 26 th.

“The tournament is very emotional to me as this is the first championship I took part in India. I was not able to win the tournament but we were able to come back in the ILeague and become champions. We will try our maximum to win the tournament. I also want to see the development of the youngsters I have worked with after the Durand Cup,” said Gokulam Kerala FC Head Coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese.

This time Malabarians have added another reserve team player Gifty Gracious to the squad. For Durand Cup, another two reserve team players – Rishad PP and Abhijith – had found a place in the senior team.

Malabarians have also replaced Nigerian forward Elvis Chikkatara with another Nigerian forward Emmanuel Otu Ajah. Another notable addition in the squad is Shahajas Thekkan, who has joined from Kerala Blasters Reserve team.

“IFA Shield is the fourth oldest championship in the world and second in India. It is a legacy tournament and like all other tournaments, we will be playing to win the championship. We are sending a young squad, who has been preparing for the past two months in Kozhikode for the tournament. We wish them to bring more laurels to Kerala,” said Gokulam Kerala FC President VC Praveen.

Defending champions Real Kashmir, Indian Arrows, and Hyderabad FC reserve team are the other major teams taking part in the tournament.

The Squad

Goalkeepers

Rakshit Dagar, PA Ajmal, Vigneshwaran Baskharan

Defenders

Bouba Aminou, Shahajas Thekkan, Muhammed Uvais, Mohammed Jasim, Deepak Singh, Alex Saji

Midfielders

Rishad, Abhijith, Emil Benny, Gifty Gracious, Sharif Mukhammad (Captain), Zodingliana, Jithin MS, Sourav

Forwards

Rahim Osumanu, Emmanuel Jeremiah Otu Ajah, Thahir Zaman, Beneston Barretto, Ronald Singh

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