Kozhikode, October 31: Six Gokulam Kerala FC players have been selected to the Kerala squad for the upcoming Santosh Trophy qualifiers to be held at EMS Corporation Stadium here.
P Vishnu, Emil Benny, Sanju G, Thahir Zaman, Shihadh Nelliparamban and Alex Saji are the players who received call-up to the state team.
Other than Vishnu, all other players are Gokulam Kerala FC reserve team players. P Vishnu is Gokulam’s under-18 team player while Sanju has featured for Gokulam in the Durand Cup tournament.
Thahir Zaman, the winger from Koduvally in Kozhikode, has appeared for Gokulam in the Kerala Premier League 2018-19.
Shihad Nelliparamban, who hails from Ernad in Malappuram, plays as a striker for Malabarians. He has been with Gokulam for the past three years and has played a crucial role in helping Gokulam to finish second in the KPL.
Alex Saji and Emil Benny joined Gokulam Kerala FC this year and have been with the reserve team.
The Kerala team is coached by Gokulam Kerala FC Technical Director Bino George and is grouped among Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu for the qualifiers. The team play its opener on November 5 at EMS Corporation Stadium in Kozhikode.