Kerala set for Santosh Trophy 2012
Kerala set for Santosh Trophy
Football fans in Kerala are in for a New Year treat with the state set to host the 67th National Football championship for the Santosh Trophy.
Kochi and a couple of other cities are the possible venues. Though the All India Football Federation ( AIFF ) is in the process of finalizing the venues, with Uttar Pradesh also showing interest to host the prestigious tournament, sources told TOI that Kerala is as good as confirmed to host it.
“It is more or less decided to allot the tournament to Kerala. A final decision will only be taken after the AIFF team inspects the venues in Kerala and UP and reports back to the executive committee,” they said. Kerala, who won the title five times, last hosted the tournament seven years back in 2005 – 06 in Kochi. But the hosts, who were also the defending champions then, failed to reach the final which saw Goa lifting the trophy with an extra – time win over Maharashtra. According to the Kerala Football Association ( KFA ) officials, the plan is to host the tournament in January – February with the final round of matches to be hosted in Kochi.