M.M. Jacob has been retained as the Kerala coach for the 67th Santosh Trophy National football championship which will be held in Kerala and Uttar Pradesh in February and March 2013.

The championship begins in Lucknow on February 1 and the Kerala rounds take off in Kollam on February 10 and in Kochi two days later.

The Kerala Football Association also released a list of 48 probables for the State Santosh Trophy camp which begins at the SAI-LNCPE in Thiruvananthapuram on January 3.

“This is the eighth time I’m coaching the Kerala team,” said M.M. Jacob, the current Kochi-based Josco FC coach, on Saturday evening. “I’ve been a Kerala player eight times too.”

The Kerala probables: Goalkeepers: P.K. Naseeb (Koz), S. Sreeju (Tvm), N. Mirshad, J. Nashid (both Mlp), K.P. Sreeraj (Knr), Jean Christian (Alp), Noufal (Koz). Defenders: B.T. Sarath (Klm), V.P. Sadiquali, Mahsoom (Mlp), Abhishek N. Joshy (Ekm), Gibin C. Cherian (Pta), Ajith Fermin (Ktm), P.N. Abdul Basith (Koz), V.V. Surjith (Tsr), T. Sajith, K.P. Mohammed Muneer (Ksgd), K. Noushad, Rino Anto (both Quartz FC), Mohammed Marsoot (Kerala Police), K.V. Shamil (AGs, Tvm). Midfielders: Gipson (Tvm), K.P. Anish (Tsr), Nasarudheen, K. Saleel (Mlp), P. Rahul (Koz), K. Rakesh (Ksgd), K. Anees (Mlp), N. Sumesh (SBT, Tvm), Joffin, Ahammed Malik (Quartz FC), Golmel Akhonmei (AGs, Tvm), Ummer Farooq (Josco FC), S. Antony (Titanium FC), P.C. Anil Kumar (Eagles FC). Forwards: Shibin Lal (SBT, Tvm), R. Kannan, Midhun Wilwet (both AGs, Tvm), K. Sabith (Titanium, Tvm), Vineeth Antony (Central Excise), K. Shahas (Golden Threads FC), S. Vinod Kumar (Klm), P. Usman, K. Firoz (Mlp), Ashraf (Knr), Mohammed Aslam, Kiran Kumar (both Ksgd), Obed Kahmei (AGs, Tvm). Coach: M.M. Jacob (NIS). — Special Correspondent

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