Soccer loosing sheen among youth in Kerala

Kozhikode, Dec 13 (UNI) Once a forte of football, the soccer clubs of Kerala are scouting for players from other states and abroad as the takers for this game have declined drastically in the state.

''We are hunting for players from other states and overseas. No youth are evincing interest in this game,'' veteran football coach A M Sreedhran said.

Sreedharan, coach of well known club Viva Kerala, said the game had lost its sheen among the youngsters. There were no sponsors to support the game.

Sreedharan, who had also coached National, Services, Kerala Police and FC Kochin, said even the parents do not want their wards to take up football.

On Viva Kerala's chances against the country's top teams in the I-League home matches, beginning here on December 15, he said the boys were in an upbeat mood after defeating Mohun Bagan 3-1.

The team also drew with Mahindra and Mahindra and Air India in their away matches, notching up a total of five points so far.

The coach said the team was preparing well to take on Salgaocar, Goa.

''We do not underestimate anybody. As far as Viva is concered all the other teams are superiors and we are here to play well,'' he said.

''Besides, it is a question of survival. The team management had given us an ultimatum to perform well,'' he added.


Story first published: Thursday, December 13, 2007, 18:49 [IST]
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