The Kerala Blasters started the pre-season with a defeat. In the pre-season match played in Kochi, ISL Club lost by an unbeaten goal. The Blasters lost to Kerala United FC, who play in the second division of the I-League. In the 42nd minute, Bujair scored the winning goal for Kerala United. This was the first match played by Kerala United since former Gokulam Kerala coach Bino George took over. The same teams will meet again on the 27th. (kerala blasers kerala united)
The Blasters, who have previously made it clear they will play in the Durand Cup, have decided to play three friendly matches ahead of the start of the tournament. Today is the first of these. The Blasters will take on the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council team in the third match. It has not been decided when the match with the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council will take place. After these matches, the Blasters will return to Kolkata for the Durand Cup.
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The Durand Cup, Asia’s oldest football tournament, kicks off on September 5. In 2019, Gokulam Kerala became the champions. The Durand Cup was not held last season following the Kovid plague. The matches will be played in Kolkata.
Gokulam Kerala and Kerala Blasters will meet in the tournament. Along with the Blasters, FC Goa, Jamshedpur FC, Hyderabad FC and Bangalore FC will play in the ISL. Along with Gokulam Kerala, Mohammadan and Sudeva Delhi are the I-League representatives. They will be joined by Indian Air Force, Army Red, Army Green and Indian Navy.
It is reported that the ISL will be held in Goa next season as well. It is reported that the ISL may be held in one place this time as well, considering the spread of Kovid in the country. Last season was held in Goa. The league was successful. Therefore, there are indications that the matches will be held in Goa this time as well. Along with Goa, Kolkata is also being considered by the organizers.
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