Kerala Blasters Football Club today unveiled their team for the third Indian Super League (ISL) at a star-studded function here in the presence of their star team owners Sachin Tendulkar, Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna among others.
Kerala Blasters have made significant changes to the team which has Stephen Coppell, a former Manchester United veteran, as its coach. The team has an impressive line-up of 27 footballers including star marquee player Aaron Hughes, defender Cedric Hengbart, goalkeeper Graham Stack, Michael Chopra, Azrack Mahamat, Duckens Nazon, Kervens Belfort, Didier Boris Kadio and Elhadji Ousseynou Ndoye.
It has also retained Antonio German and Josue who were impressive last season along with Indian players Sandesh Jhingan, Mehtab Hossain, Sandip Nandy, Mohammad Rafi and Gurwinder Singh for ISL 2016.
“Play your brand of football that everyone loves,” Tendulkar, wearing a traditional Kerala mundu (dhoti) with a golden lining and yellow jersey of the Blasters, told the team members heading for Thailand for practice matches tonight.
“We have a talented team of young and experienced professionals who are hungry to go out on the field and give their best,” he said, adding that he was looking forward to a splendid performance from the team.
Recalling the support he received as a cricketer from Kerala, he urged all the fans to rally behind the team. Coach Stephen Coppell said the Thailand tour will help the team to gel better.