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Rousing reception for triumphant Kerala football team 

The members of the Kerala football team, which regained the Santosh Trophy national football championship title after 14 years by defeating West Bengal on Sunday, were accorded a rousing reception.

Published: 03rd April 2018 03:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd April 2018 07:09 AM   |  A+A-

Head coach Satheevan Balan and captain Rahul V Raj along with other players, who defeated West Bengal to lift the 72nd Santosh Trophy national football championship in Kolkata the other day, arrive at the Cochin International Airport to a warm reception o

By Express News Service

KOCHI: The members of the Kerala football team, which regained the Santosh Trophy national football championship title after 14 years by defeating West Bengal on Sunday, were accorded a rousing reception at the Cochin International Airport and later at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Fans, football officials and people’s representatives, including Local Bodies Minister K T Jaleel, welcomed the players who reached Nedumbassery airport at 4pm with cheers and applause.“Players don’t receive such a reception from the public even when playing for our nation. This is really awesome as we could feel the love of the football lovers,” said captain Rahul V Raj.Rahul said he and his team-mates were fully confident going into the final. “Though it was 2-2 after regulation time, we were confident of winning the match. Our goalkeeper Midhun V was in fine form,” he said.

Minister K T Jaleel said the government would honour the team at a function which will be held in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.“It’s a proud moment for the entire state. This triumph will give a big boost to our players. Kerala will celebrate Friday as a victory day,” said Jaleel.

Anurag to get a home

The sponsor of the Kerala team ICL Fincorp announced they would construct a house for P C Anurag, who is now living in a palm-thatched roof house.

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