The tournament will start on July 26.
Kerala Blasters have announced its squad for Next Gen Cup 2022. The team will arrive in London on Sunday (24.07.2022). Kerala Blasters FC will face the youth teams of leading Premier League clubs in the tournament commencing on July 26.
The team holds U-21 and two U-23 players for the match. The team also includes players chosen from the Academy that’s run by the Club and Sports Kerala Foundation, Government of Kerala. First-team stars such as Jeakson Singh, Ayush Adhikari, Hormipam Ruivah, and Bijoy Varghese have also been included in the KBFC squad for the tournament in the UK.
All four were part of the Kerala Blasters team that finished as runners-up last season in ISL 2021-22. KBFC are, however, without Vincy Barretto who finished the Reliance Foundation Development League as the team’s highest goalscorer with three goals.
Kerala Blasters FC secured their ticket to the NextGen Cup after becoming runners-up in the Reliance Foundation Development League held in Goa last April and May. The team has come to participate in the tournament after a month of training at the academy of GV Raja Sports School, Thiruvananthapuram.
Tomasz Tchorz is the Head Coach of the team. T.G. Purushothaman is the Assistant Coach and Rafal Kwiecien is the Goalkeeping Coach. Team Analyst Anush Aditya and Physio Aritra Nag are also accompanying the team.
The NextGen Cup is part of the collaboration between the Premier League and the Indian Super League (ISL). The tournament is set up with the aim of providing an opportunity for young footballers to play at international standards and conditions.
Kerala Blasters Squad for Next Gen Cup 2022
Goalkeepers: Sachin Suresh, Muhammed Murshid, Muheet Shabir Khan
Defenders: Muhammed Basith, Hormipam Ruivah, Bijoy V, Tejas Krishna, Marvan Hussain, Sherin Salari, Aritra Das
Midfielders: Muhammed Jasim, Jeakson Singh, Ayush Adhikari, Givson Singh, Mohammed Azhar,
Forwards: Muhammed Ajsal, Mohammed Aimen, Nihal Sudheesh.