Kerala Football Association in association with Kolkata’s one of the leading sports management group Celebrity Management Group (CMG) is all set to introduce a new state football league in January and February next year. But the league will be of its kind, similar in style and approach with Major League Soccer (MLS).
The league, named Kerala Super League had already been initiated by CMG in Bengal 2012. The company which glorified Kolkata’s football tradition by bringing in Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi later, had even conducted the auction of coaches and footballers for the desired league, named Premier League Soccer (PLS).
But despite the nod from All India Football Federation (AIFF) regarding the league, state sports ministry’s heavy and unlawful financial demand forced the organizer to stop the whole project.
Bhaswar Goswami and Dharmdrut Pandey, both the directors of CMG, when asked about the project in Kerala, said, “In Kerala we are launching the same project which we were forced to stop in Bengal. The only difference will be that here in Kerala Super League the franchise teams will have no separate marquee footballer.
“You will find most of the potential young foreign players from the second division teams all over the world. And at the same time, we are restricting that each franchise team will have the maximum capacity of spending Rs one crore for the team where each of eight to 12 franchise teams must have to recruit five under-20 footballers. And one among those five junior footballers will be kept on field for full 90 minutes in a match.”
Peter Shilton, the legendary England goalkeeper is likely to come to Kochi on 5th December to announce the Super League and at the same time, the organizer has decided to appoint another legendary Dutch footballer Rud Gullit as the ambassador of the Super League. Goswami said, “Gullit will be present in different venues during the League at least thrice or for four times.”