Season review of Malabar’s sevens football
Sevens football season in Kerala has ended yesterday, Al Madeena emerged victorious beating Fifa Manjeri on a solitary goal to lift their 14th title of the season.
In a season spread over 7 months, 50 plus major tournaments occur with over 1000 matches played in between.
It was an exciting season for Al Madeena, as they bagged 14 major honours and several runners-up badges, followed by Black & White and Mediguard with 6 trophies each. Its been a disappointing season for the heavyweights FIFA Manjeri as they could bag only 4 titles.
Albert of Al Madeena tops the goal scorers list. The Liberian forward has netted 99 goals this term and is one of the best foreign players in the season. Titus of KFC Kaliyikkav and Kumson of Lucky Soccer Aluva were also among the best performers of the season.
Among the local footballers, Kuttan of Fifa Manjeri and Noufal of KFC had an exciting season. Another player who deserves notable mention is Anshid Khan of Al madeena.
The goalkeeper has kept 50 clean sheets this term ( most by a team ) and was an integral part of Al Madeena dream run. The shot-stopper was almost impossible to beat, in fact, his performance helped his team to secure 13 penalty shootout victories out of the 16 he appeared.
Big name players including Mohammed Rafi, Wahid Sali, VP Suhair, Anas Edathodika…were part of the season.
Veteran players like IM Vijayan, NP Pradeep, Lanel Thomas, PK Anil Kumar also made short appearances.
PS: all these figures are based on the performances in major Sevens tournaments. Thousands of sevens tournaments are conducted in the malabar region during every season.