Kerala Blasters FC has announced today that the club will kick-off its preseason preparations on the 30th of July, ahead of the 2021/22 Indian Super League season.
Ivan Vukomanovic, coaching staff, and players will arrive in Kochi to commence the first leg of their preseason before flying abroad to complete the rest of their pre-season training. The month-long training camp will allow the players to complete their vaccinations and medical checks before turning the focus on physical conditioning.
Ivan is set to give the first-team exposure to at least 6 academy players, 4 of whom hailing from Kerala during their preseason schedule. Reserve team players Sachin Suresh, Sreekuttan VS, Shahajahas Thekkan, Bijoy V, Sukham Yoihenba Meitei, and Anil Gaonkar are all in line for playing time across the Blaster’s preseason friendlies.
Kerala Blasters FC’s Sporting Director, Karolis Skinkys comments on the preseason, “I'm really happy to see our players on-field at the beginning of August.”
“I'm happy that we are able to give the coaching staff a longer period to work with the players, to get to know them, to prepare physical conditions, and to implement main tactical rules. It will be beneficial to begin the training camp now, as all these activities need time.
“I'm sure players are missing football a lot, we are a young team, players are striving to be the best. Also, good young players from the reserve team will get the chance to be recognized by the first-team coaching staff. I can’t wait to meet everyone in Kochi,” he added.
Club Head Coach, Ivan Vukomanovic said, “It is very important for the club to have a long preseason ahead of the start of the season. I want the players to be in their best form before they boot up for their first match for the season.”
“Also, it would be helpful for the players as well as the coaching team to find a rapport well ahead of the season. I am glad that we are having long preseason plans which I am looking forward to utilizing in the best possible way. I am excited to come to Kochi and meet all the players,” Ivan added.
With foreign recruitment ongoing, newer additions will link up with the squad, as and when they’re signed.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, all players and coaching staff will be following strict Covid-19 protocols and will abide by all the safety precautions without any lapse.
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