Indian Super League franchise Kerala Blasters FC yesterday announced new co-owners and they through one of their co-owners in Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar pledged support to the Kerala government to set up a state of the art residential football academy in the state.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday after a meeting with Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his cabinet colleagues, Tendulkar said they have agreed to this initiative.
“Our aim is to develop 100 top footballers in the next five years and for that we will set up the right infrastructure for that. We are thankful to the Kerala government for their support to help the youngsters here to chase their dreams,” said an elated Tendulkar.
The setting up of an Academy is part of the criteria set out by the Indian Super League for its franchises and is also part of the AFC Club Licencing criteria, which the ISL clubs could have to follow in the future if the league becomes India’s top tier.