Kerala to face West Bengal in the Hero 75th NFC for Santosh Trophy Final

West Bengal, the 32-time champions, will play hosts Kerala in the Hero 75th NFC for Santosh Trophy Final on Monday (May 02, 2022) at the Manjeri Payyanad Stadium in an attempt to further improve their record in the competition. The match will kick off at 8:00 PM (IST) and will be streamed live on Indian Football Facebook Page.

It will be the eastern team’s 46th final overall, and they will enter this contest as favourites, owing to their outstanding record in the tournament since its start in 1941. In the top showdown, though, they will face a tough test from an in-form Kerala outfit.

Kerala defeated West Bengal in the first round, and Bino George’s men will once again fancy their chances against the most successful team in the history of the tournament.

Meanwhile, West Bengal will look to settle the score by winning this fixture. They will also be looking to avenge their 2018 Hero Santosh Trophy final defeat, which they lost in penalties after the game ended in a stalemate at the end of regulation time.

The last time two teams met the score was locked at 0-0 at the hour mark. Thereafter, Bengal goalie Priyant Singh faced a barrage of shots and was deceived in the 84th minute by Noufal while Jesin Thonikkara found the back of the net in the injury time.

However, Ranjan Bhattacharjee’s men bounced back from the said loss by winning the remainder of the group stage games. They qualified for the all-important final by recording a massive 3-0 win over a lacklustre Manipur side during the semi-final round of the tournament on Friday. Sujit Singh, Mohammed Fardin Ali Molla and Dilip Orawn were on the target as they downed Manipur with utmost ease.

“The match between Kerala and West Bengal will be exciting, and I hope fans will tune in.” West Bengal coach Ranjan Bhattacherjee said ahead of the game. “Tomorrow’s game will be a competitive contest, and the team that can convert their opportunities more during the first and second halves will take the Hero Santosh Trophy home,” he added.

When asked about the injury concerns, Bhattacharjee’s stated, “The West Bengal team is absolutely fit and active.” He went on to say that Kerala coach Bino George Chiramal Padinjarathala is a wonderful person and a close friend, but that he will be his enemy tomorrow.

“They are not feeling any strain ahead of the final,” West Bengal captain Monotosh Chakladar said. “If anything, the Kerala team should be under pressure,” he added.

“We were defeated by Kerala at the start of the campaign, so this game will be treated as a revenge game,” he added.

Kerala, on the other hand, thrashed Karnataka 7-3 in the semifinals to secure a spot in the final. Jesin TK, scored an astounding five goals for the six-time champions, while Shighil and Arjun Jayaraj each scored one goal. For Karnataka, Sudheer Kotikela, P. Kamalesh, and N. Solaimalai each scored one goal. They won three games in the first round while playing out a 2-2 draw with Meghalaya.

“We will play West Bengal in the final game of the 2021-22 Hero Santosh Trophy tomorrow. So, the aforementioned game is crucial for us, and we will consider it as a do-or-die match,” Bino George Chiramal Padinjarathala remarked.

“I want to beat Bengal tomorrow and bring the trophy home for our fans, who have been supportive throughout the tournament,” he concluded.

Credits: AIFF Media

For Trial related updates: Latest trials updates in Mumbai Football

Also Read: Mohammedan SC down NEROCA to keep title hopes alive

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for all the latest happenings in the world of Indian football

SSE BFC to conduct trials for U9 to U17 age group players

SSE BFC Soccer School will be conducting fresh trials this month for players aged below 17 to be part of their football program SSE BFC Soccer Schools is a football…


India Khelo Football Season 3 Trials for Mumbai and Thane are here

India Khelo Football (IKF) is back with Season 3 of its widely acclaimed trials with an aim to cover more than 50 cities this time around. After the resounding success…


Mastering the Art of Football Trials: Key Pre-Trial Factors to Keep in Mind

Football trials are a critical juncture for aspiring players to showcase their skills and secure a spot in a team. To maximize your chances of success, it’s essential to tailor your approach based on your playing position as well as keeping in mind a few pre-trial factors.


Somaiya Sports Academy to conduct trials for MFA 2nd Division campaign

Somaiya Sports Academy is looking for passionate young football players for the Somaiya Sports Academy Football Team to compete in the MFA 2nd Division League 2023-2024. If selected, you will…


BFC Soccer Schools – Mumbai to conduct trials for U14 & U16 Girls

The BFC Soccer Schools Elite team girls’ trials are coming up in search of talented players from the U14 to U16 (Born 2009 and after) age groups into the club’s…


Opportunity to make the team: U.K.M. Kothrud FC conducts selection trials for girls team

Pune-based U.K.M. Kothrud FC has announced that they will be conducting selection trials for their girl’s team on 15th January 2023 The club welcomes all players to come and showcase…


The Sunday Football League Season 4 is back

The Sunday Football League is back with its fourth season, and it’s shaping up to be the best one yet. With eight talented teams competing at the Kes Kandivali turf, there…


BFC Soccer Schools Elite team trials in Feb

Bengaluru FC launched their Mumbai program last season with the Soccer Schools and Elite programs with its local partner Soccer Schools of Excellence (SSE).  Bengaluru Football Club is a professional club…


India Khelo Football Season 2 Trials in Mumbai: A Chance to Kickstart Your Football Career

After conducting trials in 34 cities & villages across India, India Khelo Football is coming to Mumbai to hunt talent on 7th January. India Khelo Football kickstarted its season 2…


Mumbai Customs to conduct trials for Elite League

Former champions Mumbai Customs will be holding open trials for the upcoming MFA Elite Corporate League (Elite Division) The 2019 MFA Elite Division champions Mumbai Customs are conducting open trials…