Kerala Football Association has announced 40 probables for Santosh Trophy. Preliminary rounds of the competition is expected to start in December. Former Indian international and State Bank of Travancore football coach V.P Shaji is the head coach for the team.
The team is as follows :
Goalkeepers: S. Hajmal (Palakkad), Midhun (Kannur), Shahinlal (Kozhikode), K. Pranav (Kannur), Robinson (Trivandrum), Sherin Stephen (Idukki)
Defenders: V.V. Surjith (Thrissur), S. Lijo (Trivandrum), B.T. Sarath (Kollam), Rahul V. Raj (Thrissur), Sreerag (Kottayam), Sherin Sam (Ernakulam), Rijohn Jose (Kottayam), Akhil J. Chandran (Idukki), Safvan (Malappuram), Ajas S. Sajeev (Kottayam), Vishnu Vinod (Thrissur), A.V. Deepak (Kozhikode)
Midfielders: Jijo Joseph (Thrissur), Shibinlal (Kozhikode), Mohammed Rafi (Wayanad), Praveen Kumar (Kasaragode), V.S. Ashkar (Malappuram), Netto Benny (Idukki), Mohammed Parakkottil (Palakkad), Jishnu Balakrishnan (Malappuram), F. Jijo (Trivandrum), T. Sohail (Malappuram), Asharudheen (Malappuram), K. Abhijith (Kottayam)
Chennaiyin FC coached by Marco Materazzi is the current champions of Indian Super league. Starting from the 1st season, Chennayin FC has a great record in the ISL. In the 1st season, they finished top in the league table and qualified for the playoffs. Materazzi will be hoping to replicate the same feat even this season. However, things will be quite different for Chennayin this season as they will miss out on two crucial players they had for the last two seasons. Marquee player Elano who scored 12 goals for the team in the last two seasons and was pulling strings in the midfield with his deft touches and freekicks will be sorely missed by the team. Same with Stiven Mendoza, the Colombian liver wire who has scored 17 goals for the franchise in the last two seasons has joined Newyork City FC in the MLS. It will have to be seen how the team copes up with these departures.
Another notable thing Chennayin has done prior to this season is that they signed on 5 AIFF academy graduates – Anirudh Thapa, Prosenjit Chakraborty, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Baoringdao Bodo and Bedashwor Singh. We will have to see if any of these players will find a regular place in the line-up since they are quite young to be blooded in a league where there is so much at stake. However, this is a great gesture from the franchise and the boys are bound to learn a lot training under Marco and the other senior players in the team.
Now, let’s go ahead and analyze the different departments of the team.
GK: Duwayne Kerr, Karanjith Singh, Pawan Kumar
Duwayne Kerr is a Jamaican goalkeeper, who has played in Norway and Iceland. He is a very dominating big figure in the box. If Marco decides o play an Indian GK, Karanjith with his immense experience will be the choice. Pawan Kumar who has played for Bengaluru FC earlier and was part of Mumbai FC will be definitely an able back up!
Defenders : Abhishek Das (RB), Bernard Mendy(RB), Dhanachandra Singh (LB), Eder (CD), Elie Sabia (CB), Riise, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Nallapan Mohanraj (RB).
We will mostly see Mendy being partnered with Riise in the middle of the defense, other central defending options are the new signings Eli Sabia, and Eder, who had a stint with Salgaocar in the I-league. Wadoo had a great season for Chennaiyin last time around and he will most probably the pick for RB. Dhanachandra Singh who was a mainstay for the team in the last season will be the pick for LB.
Mid : Zakker Mundampara, Baljit Sahni, Dhanpal Ganesh, Manuel Blassi, Hans Mulder, Raphael Augusto, Siam Hangal and Thoi Singh
Hans Mulder, the Dutch footballer who gave a good account of himself in the last two editions of ISL for Delhi Dynamos is the new foreign recruit in the mid-field line up. Manuel Blassi and Raphael Augusto were a constant presence in Chennaiyin’s lineup last year, and this year I expect one of them to sit out and Hans Mulder taking that place. The Indian line up with Zakkeer, Dhanpal, Siam Hangal and Thoi Singh looks quite formidable too. However, i feel the midfield line-up esepcially the Indian contigent lacks in creativity and this could pose a serious threat for CFC.
Now, this is going to be a real problem area for Chennaiyin. As we mentioned earlier, MENDOZA WILL BE MISSED. Instead of him Materazzi has decided to bring in two Italian attackers. Davide Succi and Maurizio Peloso. Succi is a 34 year old forward who has played for teams like Chievo, Palermo and Bologna, with pretty good conversion rate as well. Maurizio Peluso seems to be an attacker who plays mainly on the wings and has played in the lower divisions of the Italian league. Dudu is the other forward and he doesn’t need any introduction. He has been playing in India for a long time now and is pretty prolific as well. It will have to be seen if these new recruits can fill Mendoza’s shoes. Coming to the Indian contingent, Jeje is the standout name here. He had a very good season with Chennayin FC last year and would be hoping to replicate the same kind of form this season as well. Daniel is a highly rated forward who plays for BFC but he is going to miss some action due to BFC’s AFC Cup commitments. Jayesh Rane who plays for Mumbai FC had a good season with Chennaiyin last time around will be hoping to pitch in with some goals this season. Uttam Rai is a highly rated forward who plays for Dempo Sports Club. When he burst onto the scene, he was quite a sensation and but he did not live up to that hype after that.
On the whole, this team looks pretty decent but as we said, it will have to be really seen if they can replicate the same form they managed in the first two seasons. And I feel, Chennaiyin will miss out on the playoffs this season! Yes, you heard it right!
Tamil Nadu football Association (TFA) has announced a 20 member squad for the 69th National football championship played for the Santosh Trophy. Tamil Nadu will play the south zone qualifiers at the MSDC stadium in Manjeri. Tamil Nadu is in Group B along with Services and Pondicherry. Tamil Nadu will kick off their South Zone campaign when they meet Pondicherry on the 18th of January.
Ajmal (Indian Bank/Chennai)
Vugneswaran (Chennai FC/Chennai)
Wayne Antoniou’s Silva (Indian Bank/ Chennai)
G V Hariharana (Customs/Chennai)
M Gnana Sekaran (Indian Bank/Chennai)
S Santosh Kumar (S.Railway/Chennai)
John Carlo (ICF/Chennai)
Sudhakar (AG’s Office/Chennai)
Vikram Patel (AG’s Office/Chennai)
Mijo Jose (Indian Bank/Chennai)
Soosairaj (Chennai City FC/ Chennai)
Regan (AG’s Office/Chennai)
H Ameerudeen (Income Tax/Chennai)
Edwin (Indian Bank/Chennai)
Suresh Kumar (Cuddalore)
Suraj Bahadur (Nilgiris)
Coach – M Narayana Murthy (SAI, Chennai)
Manager – K Radha Krishnan (VP TFA)
Physio – Dr. Ragunath Manogaran
Media reports suggest that Inter Milan, the Italian club is to conduct a two day coaching camp in Chennai. The event slated to be on March 19th and 20th will have theory and practical classes.
This would be a joint effort of Tamil Nadu Football Association, Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu and Inter Milan. The Inter Milan contingent will consist of technical director Marco Monti, fitness coach Stefano Rapetti and youth coach Andrea Ratti.
The zonal preliminary rounds of Santosh Trophy 2014 concluded on 4th February and ten teams from different zones qualified for the final round to be held in Siliguri starting from 24th February. See the results from the Zonal Qualification Round here.
Ten teams that qualified are divided in two groups – A & B
Tamil Nadu has announced the squad for the upcoming Santosh Trophy. P Sudhakar will lead the team that will take part in the South Zone leg starting in Chennai from January 26th.
In the South Zone leg, Tamil Nadu will take on Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman Nicobar Islands. The top two teams from South Zone will qualify for the final phase to be held in Siliguri from February 2014.
Tamil Nadu squad:
S Rajini Kumar, A Arun Pradeep (vice-captain), TG Raj Guru, D Edison, K Satish, M Murthy, S Sandosh Kumar, F Francis Beschi, R Shiva Priyan, Wayne Antonio D’Silva, S Karthick, L Charles Anandaraj, Patil Vikram Vishwas, V Ashok Kumar, D Joffin, S Pravin Raja, P Sudhakar (captain), Santhakumar, A Raegan, H Ameerudeen.
Nethaji Sports Club one of the oldest clubs in Chennai have a new owner in Rohit Ramesh. 27 year old Rohit bought over the club from one of the stalwarts of Chennai football, Mr. T. R. Govindarajan.
The club established in 1946 was steered by Govindarajan till date. Due to the lack of sponsorship and other resources the club was relegated from the senior division 3 years ago.
In the event of this take over, Football News India caught up with Rohit to ask about his plans for the club. Rohit emphasized that his immediate concern is to get the club on track and play well in the Chennai League which starts off in February. He also pointed out that they are looking for international age-group tournaments where Nethaji Club could participate.
As of now team’s 18 players have been retained and the club is scouting to add four of five more players to their roster to strengthen. Rohit told The Hindu – “So our major perspective is to change Indian football. Especially in Tamil Nadu, as there is no team from here in the I-league. And football is growing and I think we are ‘in’ at the right time,”