Kerala Blasters FC head coach Ivan Vukomanovic has shown active interest in scouting players from the club’s development team that participated in the Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL). The colts finished at the second spot in the RFDL league stage and even qualified for the Next Gen Cup, to be staged in the United Kingdom.

Tomasz Tchorz, head of youth development at Kerala Blasters FC, had a brief discussion with the RFDL Media Team, during which he revealed the attention received by the RFDL. Vukomanovic is spending a much needed vacation, before he returns for yet another season of the Hero ISL. However, he is following the RFDL and lauded how the league was organized.

Despite not being present physically; the coach has started doing homework in the build-up to the new season. With at least four players born after 2002 to be kept in the squad, the hunt for fresh faces is on. Apart from Givson Singh, no other player in the current squad fulfils the criteria.

“Coach Ivan Vukomanovic is impressed very much by the organization, by the quality of games, by the performance of our team, and he is also looking for players who might join the pre-season for the next campaign of the Hero ISL, because as you now four players born in or after 2002 have to be part of the squad. And in our (KBFC’s) case, we have a lot of talents from last season that were born in 2001,” said Tomasz Tchorz, during an interview with the RFDL Media Team.

“We provided for young people, the highest number of minutes they played in the league. But now, it will be a different story because for the existing squad, if I’m not wrong, it was only Givson who was born in 2002. We still need at least three players that we can promote in the next season. That is why they are watching our games closely,” added Tchorz.

Vukomanovic put great faith in youth in his first season in charge of Kerala Blasters FC and is set to once again bank on youth in Hero ISL 2022-23 campaign. 

Kerala Blasters FC had a fine RFDL campaign and it won't be a surprise if some of their players feature in the Hero ISL next season.