Santosh Trophy-winning Kerala team awarded one crore cash prize

The triumphant Kerala Santosh Trophy team receving the Rs 1 crore cheque from VPS Healthcare officers in Kochi on Friday.

It was a night like by no means earlier than for a Santosh Trophy-winning team. For large cash awards have been introduced to the Kerala team which gained the Santosh Trophy National soccer title in Malappuram lately.

Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, the chairman and managing director of VPS Healthcare, rewarded the Kerala team with ₹1 crore with VPS’ India head Hafiz Ali Ullat and Corporate Communications head Rajeev Mangottil presenting the cheque at a perform on Friday.

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The team’s goalscorers additionally acquired ₹10 lakh and the presence of the captains and coaches of Kerala’s six earlier triumphant Santosh Trophy groups made it all of the extra memorable. The former captains and coaches have been introduced with gold cash.

“Such large cash awards…this has by no means occurred earlier than for a Santosh Trophy-winning team and to think about honouring former coaches and captains is a superb gesture. Not many consider such issues. This will certainly encourage the youthful era,” stated soccer nice I.M. Vijayan, who together with Jo Paul Ancheri and Asif Saheer, lit up the night.


Vijayan, one of Indian soccer’s brightest gems, additionally requested Dr. Shamsheer to start out a grassroots-level academy in Kerala.

“That will assist Kerala produce extra gifted gamers and construct robust groups for the long run. Qatar had began an academy just a few years in the past and now they’ve some very gifted gamers and a powerful team,” stated the previous India captain.

Kerala captain Jijo Joseph, head coach Bino George, T.A. Jaffer, a member of the Kerala team which gained the Santosh Trophy for the primary time in 1973 and who coached Kerala to the title twice later, coach M. Peethambaran, who additionally guided the team to the title twice, have been amongst those that spoke. Kurikesh Mathew, Sylvester Ignatius, V. Sivakumar, Rahul V. Raj – all captains of Kerala’s triumphant Santosh Trophy groups up to now – and Anitha Sathyan, spouse of former Kerala captain V.P. Sathyan, have been additionally current on the occasion.

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