Cheemeni: K P Rahul, a member of the Kerala football team that won the Santosh Trophy last year, is a dejected man now. Hailing from a poor family, Rahul was promised a job as well as house by the Kerala government considering his contributions to the victory.
However, the youngster has now abandoned the dreams of a house and job and decided to play for a team in Chennai. Rahul, who belongs to Pilikkode, now lives with his family in a single room hut built on a 10-cent plot received as excess land at Chembrakanam.
After the authorities promised him a house, revenue land measuring 7 cents was identified at Varakkode, also in Pilikkode. The Sports Council soon asked Rahul to submit the plan for the house. Though the youth visited the authorities at village office and other places several times for the purpose, all he faced was neglect.
Finally, Rahul was forced to give up his dreams for a good house. Nothing happened regarding the job promise also.
Meanwhile, Rahul received the opportunity to attend a selection camp of a Chennai team. “Heading to Chennai after winning the Santosh Trophy for my home state is indeed a matter of torment,” says the football player.