I-LEAGUE

Kerala United FC hopeful to go all the way through I-League qualification

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I-League qualification starts next month and Kerala United FC are ready to charge into the I-League with all that they have. They have played in the 2nd Division I-League for too long and thus want a new challenge. Head Coach Bino George feels that the talent his young squad possesses will surely do it for the team.

The main factor causing the hunger for promotion this season is the envious success of rivals Gokulam Kerala. Their rivals have been having their best time playing in the I-League. A Durand Cup followed by an I-League winning campaign followed by AFC Cup qualification, Gokulam Kerala own the bragging rights.

Founded in 1976 as Calicut Quartz FC the club is based in Malappuram, Kerala. They turned professional in December 2011 and played in the 2nd Division I-League that season. In 2020, the club was taken over by the United World Group and renamed as Kerala United FC. United Group own other clubs such as Sheffield United and Al-Hilal United.

Apart from that they have played in the Kerala Premier League. They finished runner-up in the 2017/18 season and were semi-finalists last season. They have be waiting for far too long and are out to tear apart defences and get back into the National Leagues. Bino George is no stranger to success believes that his team will benefit from the campaign.

Kerala United FC want to make it 2 from Kerala

Kerala United FC have been clubbed alongside ARA FC, Corbett FC, Delhi Football Club and Kenkre FC in Group B. They will face Mumbai-based Kenkre FC on October 5th. Kenkre FC will be a difficult side to face and the result will set the tone for the games to follow.

Bino George, who has previously been associated with Gokulam Kerala hopes for a double representation from Kerala. If the squad do go all the way, Kerala will be represented by Kerala Blasters, Gokulam Kerala and FC Kerala United in the country’s top-division football.

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