Gokulam Kerala FC will participate in the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Memorial Gold Cup 2020 held in Phuentsholing, Bhutan. The tournament starts on February 12 th and will be held in a knockout phase.
There are ten clubs participating in the tournament and Gokulam will send its developmental squad for the tournament. Gokulam play its first match against Phuentsholing SA on February 14.
Along with the clubs from Bhutan, teams from Nepal and India are also participating in the tournament.
This is the second international tournament Gokulam Kerala FC are participating this season. Malabarians had participated in Sheikh Kamal International Cup held in Bangladesh before and reached semifinal.
“We have a good developmental squad that play in the Kerala Premier League. They need more match experience and when the Bhutanese Football Association invited us for the tournament we agreed,” said Bino George, Technical Director of Gokulam Kerala FC.“
One of the major problems that haunted Kerala was lack of playing time for Kerala players. Now through Gokulam we are able to send them for various tournaments. We are looking for a possibility to send another squad consisting of young players to Punjab for another tournament. We want ample playing time for our players. This will help Kerala to produce more quality players,” said Bino George.
The clubs participating in the tournament are Gorkha BSC (Nepal), Thimphu, YSC, Phuentsholing SA, Paro FC, Ugyen ACD FC, NESU, UBFC, and Sudeva MFC.
Goalkeepers: Ajmal PA, Satyajit Bordoloi
Defenders: Ashok Singh, Stephen Abeiku, Lucky Emmanuel, Muhammed Jasim, Rajil S, Mohammed Salah
Midfielders: Immanuval John Britto, Gifty C Gracious, Thahir Zaman, Lalmuanzova, Beautin Antony, Abhijith K, Sanathoi Singh
Forwards: Emil Benny, Lalrinzuala, Daniel Batholomew Joseph