All Kerala issues finalized as KIUG 2021 strengthens state football dominance

Khelo India University Games: Kerala all in final as state strengthens football dominance in KIUG 2021 Over the years, Kerala and football have shared a special love affair that has become synonymous with Kerala’s domestic football roar and the local football stadiums are filled to the brim with a ‘home team’ raft at any level of the game. Out of the field Follow InsideSport.IN for more updates

More importantly, this relationship has gone beyond being limited to cultural identities for the people of God’s own country. Over time, it has translated into the region, asserting its dominance over the local football circuit. In the case of Khelo India University Games 2021 for men, 3 out of the 4 university teams that booked their place in the semi-finals were residents of Kerala, with the exception of Punjab University.

Khelo India University Games: Kerala all in final as state strengthens football dominance in KIUG 2021

Talking about the reasons for Kerala’s dominance in domestic football, SAI High-Performance Center coach and former Indian national team physical coach Pradeep Dutt said, “The grassroots program in Kerala is run by a number of private academies, ranging from age-specific groups to those under 8 years of age, and moving upwards. The programs were then supported by the Kerala State Government and the Sports Authority of India. Kerala is actually the only state where the Sports Authority of India works closely with the Kerala Football Association. Even the college football culture is alive there. ”

“However, the biggest factor in recent times is the Kerala Premier League, which is giving players excellent exposure and encouraging Kerala University teams. Even the three university teams here for KIUG 2021 are full of players who are playing in the Kerala Premier League and getting regular match exposure. ” He continued.

In Tuesday’s final, friends will be the enemy for all except 90 minutes as Mahatma Gandhi University will play against Kottayam Kerala University.

Khelo India University Games: Kerala all in final as state strengthens football dominance in KIUG 2021

Longtime friends and professional football coaches Harry Beanie (36) and Jithin (40) are coaching their respective finalists. The pair first met in 2007 when Binny met Jithin as a student at the college.

Talking about the source of their friendship, MG University head coach Benny said, “I first met Zithin in 2007 and have known him intimately for the past 15 years. He has been a mentor to me ever since. ”

In the group stage, MG University won all but one of their 5-0 matches against Punjab University on their way to the final. Talking about the way to the final, Benny said, “There is no easy opponent in this tournament because the teams that came here had to advance to the quarter finals of the All India University Games to qualify. All the matches have been quite tense. On the way to the final we lost a match, but in the semi-final we lost to the University of Calicut, who were the All India University Champions. It boosted our confidence for the final. “

Khelo India University Games: Kerala all in final as state strengthens football dominance in KIUG 2021

On the other hand, Kerala University head coach Jithin painted a picture of extreme professionalism even though he shared a table at lunch with his ‘rival’ from the opponent’s dugout for Tuesday’s final.

“Ever since I first met Harry, he has been a very hardworking man. Since that day, he has gained a lot of fame for himself and for the betterment of domestic football in Kerala. I am sure he will continue to do so in the future. He is deeply involved in football and has worked with many experienced coaches throughout his career. In that sense, I look forward to a tough match against a tough opponent in tomorrow’s final. I believe Harry has an advantage as a coach, so I have to equip myself to prepare my team properly and be on par with him to win our gold medal. “ He said.

Despite knowing each other for a decade and a half, this is the first time the pair will meet in a competitive environment. Whether the student comes to the top, or the mentor is seen. What is certain is that even before kicking a ball in the final at the Jain University ground on Tuesday, Kerala has already booked a win in the bank.

Khelo India University Games: Kerala all in final as state strengthens football dominance in KIUG 2021

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