J&K Bank starts trials for its football team


Srinagar, Jun 12: Playing a pivotal role in contributing towards the grooming of
football at grassroots level besides promoting game in the state, J&K Bank today
began the try-outs for its football team at the Synthetic Turf TRC Ground in
Seventy-seven eligible participants from across the state aspiring to play
professional football and represent one of the premier football teams of the state
participated in the selection process during the first day of the 3-day trial which is
being scrutinized by a team of famous football pundits of the country.
The selection committee headed by former India national football team goalkeeper
and Chief Executive Officer  at the Western India Football Association Henry
Menezes, Indian association football manager and former player Khalid Jameel,
and Yusuf Ansari besides other senior management officials of the Bank’s football
team will look to add to the footballing pantheon of the state by recruiting the
crème de la crème of the talent in attendance.
The eligible participants in turn 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
ending on June 14.
Pertinently, the eligibility criteria for the players to participate in the trials included
having represented the state of J&K either in the Senior National Football
Championship (Santosh Trophy) during last three editions or the Junior National
Football Championship for Dr B C Roy trophy (under 19) for the same time
Other eligibility criteria for participation in the trials 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.

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