Malappuram: Ridwan’s passion for football runs so deep in his blood that he could not kick the compulsion to wear the boots for Fifa Manjeri even on his wedding day. Soon after his marriage with Fayida, the strong defender rushed to the grounds, unmindful of the red card of protest raised by his elderly family members. Ridwan, of Ailassery, Wandoor, the rising star of Malappuram has apparently become the toast of the town with his soccer craze going viral.
On reaching home night after winning the match, Fayida had a doubt in store for him. “Had the match been in the morning, wouldn't you be there for our marriage?"
Ridwan and Fayida, of Olavakkode, entered into wedlock on Sunday. He came to know that the semifinals of the Wandoor National Sevens Football Tournament against Alukkas Thrissur was scheduled on Sunday night itself and that too in his home turf. Ridwan’s Club was defeated at the hands of the same team a couple of days ago. “I had been waiting for the right moment. That is why I decided to settle the score at all cost,” says Ridwan.
As soon as the wedding festivities wound up around 6 in the evening, Ridwan told Fayida about the football match and sneaked out of the house to lead Fifa Manjeri. Ridwan erected a strong defence against the opponents and entered the finals with a scoreline of 1 -0.
This is not the first time Ridwan is embarking on an adventurous football pursuit. While doing his MBA in the Nehru College in Coimbatore, he used to drive all the way to his hometown in Malappuram to participate in the local Sevens Tournaments. But then he would drive back to college directly from the ground without visiting his parents.