77 footballers turn up for J&K Bank trials

The three-day selection trials for selecting players for the J&K Bank football team at Synthetic Turf TRC Ground commenced on Wednesday.

For the trials, around 77 footballers from across the state, aspiring to play professionally for one of the premier football teams of the state, turned up.

Pertinently, the selection committee is being headed by former Indian National football team goalkeeper and Chief Executive Officer of the Western India Football Association, Henry Menezes, Indian association football manager and former player Khalid Jameel and Yusuf Ansari.

“The eligible participants will look to raise the bar in the coming days and impress the selectors with their performance in the remaining two days of the trial, which ends on June 14,” officials said.

The eligibility criteria for the players to participate in the trials included having represented the state either in the Senior National Football Championship (Santosh Trophy) during the last three editions or the Junior National Football Championship for Dr B C Roy trophy (under 19) in the same time period.

Other eligibility criteria included having played either in Inter University Football Championship or I-League senior and I-League under 18 in the last three editions or having represented the country in AFC or FIFA tournaments in the last three years. Players born after 31-12-1993 only were eligible to participate in the trails.