Kerala Blasters FC, Bengaluru FC name their squads for the Next Gen Cup 2022

Kerala Blasters FC and Bengaluru FC announced their respective squads for the Next Gen Cup 2022, hosted by the Premier League, due to be held in the United Kingdom.

Both clubs' reserve teams will face the academy sides of some of the top Premier League clubs in the international competition that will also see an academy side from South Africa as one of the participating teams.

Also Read: Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters to face off against Premier League teams in Next Generation Cup in the UK

A second-place finish in the inaugural Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL) earned the Tuskers a ticket to the Next Gen Cup. With Tomasz Tchorz leading as the head coach of the U-21 team, which also comprises two U-23 players, the Blasters will be ready to shine bright on the big stage.

Here is the 18-man squad of Kerala Blasters FC:

Goalkeepers: Sachin Suresh, Muheet Shabir Khan, Muhammad Murshid

Defenders: Muhammed Basith, Hormipan Ruivah, Bijoy V, Tejas Krishna, Marvan Hussain, Sherin Salari, Aritra Das

Midfielders: Muhammed Jasin, Jeakson Singh, Ayush Adhikari, Givson Singh, Muhammed Azhar

Forwards: Muhammed Ajsal, Muhammed Aimen, Nihal Sudheesh 

Bengaluru FC, winners of the RFDL have fielded a 20-man squad for the Next Gen Cup. Led by head coach Naushad Moosa, the side features new signings Felixson Fernandes, Clarence Fernandes and Ankith Padmanabhan.

“We are really glad to be here in London and I’m especially happy for the boys who have worked hard to earn this experience. The Reliance Foundation Development League gave me the opportunity to watch some of the players in action, and assess where they stand in their path to the first team. The NextGen Cup will now help us play against some of the best youth teams in England, and we’re all really excited,” said Moosa, after the Blue Colts touched down in London and had a tour of Wembley Stadium.

Namgyal Bhutia is set to lead the Blue Colts out into action for the Next Gen Cup, having qualified as winners of the RF Development League.

“This squad here is a mix of players who have played for the first team, and some others who are working hard to get noticed. They are all really motivated, and I am sure that they will perform to the best of their abilities,” Moosa added.

The Blue Colts, ahead of their Next Gen Cup fixtures, made a comeback 3-1 victory against AFC Wimbledon U18s in a friendly encounter.

Here is the full squad of Bengaluru FC:

Goalkeepers: Dipesh Chauhan, Sharon Padattil

Defenders: Felixson Fernandes, Clarence Fernandes, Robin Yadav, Namgyal Bhutia, Rajanbir Singh, Tomthinganba Meetei

Midfielders: Kamalesh Palanisamy, Bekey Oram, Shighil Nambrath, Damaitphang Lyngdoh, Lalhmingchuanga Fanai, Lalremtuanga Fanai

Strikers: Lalpekhlua, Monirul Molla, Ankith Padmanabhan, Thoi Singh, Sivasakthi Narayanan, Akashdeep Singh

Head Coach: Naushad Moosa

Assistant Coach: Jeevan Jayaraj

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