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Kerala Blasters FC, Hyderabad Football Club and Sporting Club East Bengal have failed to secure the AFC and National licences for the 2020-21 season.

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A total of 19 clubs have applied for National and AFC club licences for the 2020-21 season, out of which 8 are from I-League and 11 are from ISL. The result of National and AFC Club licensing applications for the 2020-21 season made by ISL clubs have been announced yesterday and they are as follows : FC Goa, ATK Mohun Bagan FC, Bengaluru FC, Jamshedpur FC, Chennaiyin FC and Mumbai City FC have successfully secured the AFC and National licences for the 2020-21 season. Odisha Football Club, NorthEast United Football Club, Kerala Blasters Football Club, Hyderabad Football Club and Sporting Club East Bengal have failed to secure the AFC and National licences for the 2020-21 season. These clubs can now either prefer an Appeal to the Club Licensing Appeals Body of AIFF against the decision of the Club Licensing Committee - First Instance Body's decision within the stipulated time or can apply for an Exemption to the Club Licensing Committee - First Instance Body's decision within t

Kerala Blasters has signed Zimbabwean defender Costa Nhamoinesu

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Kochi-based Kerala Blasters  FC  are close to completing the signing of Zimbabwe international defender and Sparta Prague legend Costa Nhamoinesu for the 2020-21  Indian Super League (ISL)  season, as per several reports. Having already confirmed the signing of English forward Gary Hooper earlier in the week, the Tuskers have now shifted their focus on their defensive unit with the 34-year-old veteran at the top of their shopping list.   Nhamoinesu, who is known for his man-marking ability, aggression and aerial prowess, has previously played in Europe with Polish side Zaglebie Lubin before moving onto Czech club AC Sparta Prague in 2013. He enjoyed seven successful seasons with the club, becoming the highest capped foreign player and the first African to wear the captain’s armband during his stay.   The defender, who bears a striking resemblance to former Arsenal and AS Roma winger Gervinho, made 203 appearances for the club, 33 of them in the Europa League/qualifiers and 7 in

Hero Indian Super league 2020-21 Kerala Blasters players list

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Coaching staff Head coach                Kibu Vicuña Assistant coach         Ishfaq Ahmed, Tomasz Tchórz Kerala Blasters FC players for the 2020-21 season Forwards:  Gary Hooper, Jordan Murray, Naorem Mahesh Singh, Shaiborlang Kharpan Midfielders :   Facundo Pereyra , Sergio Cidoncha, Vicente Gómez, Sahal Abdul Samad, Rahul KP, Jeakson Singh ,   Prasanth Karuthadathkuni ,  Seityasen Singh, Rohit Kumar,  Givson Singh , Nongdamba Naorem, Ayush Adhikari, Ritwik Das, Arjun Jayaraj, Puitea, Muktasana Sharma Defenders :  Bakary Koné ,  Costa Nhamoinesu , Nishu Kumar, Denechandra Meitei, Jessel Carneiro,  Lalruatthara ,  Abdul Hakku Goalkeepers :    Bilal Khan,  Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Albino Gomes, Muheet Shabir

"We need to be united in this battle and it is on our own hands to win it" says Adil Khan

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Positivity is a tonic that keeps us going -- even in the darkest of times. With the entire nation under a three-week lockdown in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 (Corona Virus) pandemic, people are required to stay home. With family-time being a luxury in the life of a professional footballer, the extended span at home is a "lift in spirits,” as Blue Tigers defender Adil Khan described. "During the season we miss being away from our loved ones. They sacrifice so much just to keep up focused, and whatever opportunities we get to spend quality time with them and express our gratitude, it's always special,” he stated. “The current situation is a challenging one for people across the world, and getting to spend these days at home together with my wife has raised my spirits and mood.” It was in April last year that Adil tied the knot with Khuri Irani, a popular sports presenter, and the two of them are currently at their home in Mumbai. Khuri talked abo

AIFF and LOC Statement on the postponement of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020

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AIFF and LOC Statement on the postponement of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 The All India Football Federation and Local Organising Committee are supportive of the decision by FIFA to postpone FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. We agree that this has been made with the highest regard for public health, and the participating teams, host cities, staff and visiting fans, and keeps the best interests of everyone in mind. We were, of course, looking forward to hosting the Tournament in November this year, but at the same time, we are mindful of all those around the world and in our country potentially impacted by our decisions. For us at the moment, the primary concern is the health and wellbeing of every stakeholder involved in the Tournament. We don’t want to take any risk that is detrimental to our community before it is clear that there is no threat to people’s health due to this pandemic. The LOC and AIFF will work with FIFA to determine the most suitable dates f

Blue Tigers join hands in India's fight against Covid-19

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NEW DELHI: With Covid19 Corona virus creating havoc, several members of the Blue Tigers have come forward to lend a helping hand by contributing for the social cause. “As an Indian it's my responsibility to lend a hand to the cause in whatever possible manner I can," defender Pritam Kotal, who contributed INR 50,000/- to the West Bengal Chief Minister's fund stated. But there are others who are trying to help in a different manner -- midfielder Pronoy Halder for example. Halder who wore the captain's armband against Bahrain in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 has taken up the responsibility of providing food to some underprivileged kids who earn their bread on daily basis. "There are a lot of underprivileged kids at the Barrackpore Mangal Pandey Football Coaching Camp who earn on a daily basis. The situation is a bit difficult now. So I am helping procure food, or food items for them to come out of the crisis," Halder mentioned. “I know tha

AIFF donates Rs. 25 lakhs to PM CARES Fund

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In wake of the crisis caused by Covid-19 pandemic, All India Football Federation has pledged to contribute Rs. 25 lakhs to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s PM CARES Fund. All India Football Federation President Mr. Praful Patel said: “The love, care and support from countrymen has provided us motivation all throughout. Hence, now is the time to pay back our country in whatever manner we can. We need to stand together and help each other hoping to overcome the crisis.” The AIFF has also directed all employees to work from home from March 14 itself, and all footballing activities under AIFF aegis have also been suspended till further notice.

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