Former Kerala Blasters and Pune City star Sushanth Mathew retires
Former Kerala Blasters FC midfielder Sushanth Mathew announced his retirement from professional football on Monday. The 41-year-old played two seasons in the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL), as he represented the Blasters in the inaugural 2014 term before turning out for the now-defunct FC Pune City in the following campaign.
He made four appearances for Kerala, clocking a total of 56 minutes on the pitch. However, that was more than enough for the Kerala-born player to make himself a fan-favourite at Kochi. The highlight of his time with the Blasters was a wonder goal he scored against arch-rivals Chennaiyin FC in the semifinals. The left-footed strike from more than 30-yards out ensured the Blasters took a decisive 3-0 first-leg lead in the semi-final clash against Chennaiyin. Subsequently, Kerala would go on to reach the final where they lost 1-0 to ATK.
In the 2015 Hero ISL season, Sushanth made three appearances for the Stallions and started gaining substantial minutes. However, an ill-timed injury would limit his involvement, thus ending his adventure in the Hero ISL.
The midfielder made his senior professional debut with East Bengal in the 2011 AFC Cup and would later go on to play in the Hero I-League with clubs like Mohun Bagan, Neroca FC and Rangdajied United FC. Local outfit, Gokulam Kerala FC was the last club the 41-year-old represented before calling time on a decade-long career.