Kochi: Bishop of Cochin, the Right Reverend Dr Joseph Kariyil, will be chief guest at the closing ceremony of the second Kochi-Muziris Biennale's Artists' Cinema package on football films, which is to be attended by Kerala's football heroes.
Bishop Dr Kariyil, an ardent football fan and supporter of the popular game, will also honour octogenarian coach Rufus D'Souza, a resident of Fort Kochi, affectionately called Rufus Uncle, on the occasion.
State players of yesteryears will be joined by current players and fans at the closing ceremony of 'Hard Tackle: The Untold Story of Football' at the Aspinwall House, the main venue of the biennale.
Many players from the victorious 1973 Santosh Trophy-winning Kerala team will be present at the ceremony. Among them are Victor Manjila, Jaffar, K P Williams and C C Jacob. India and Kerala Blasters midfielder Sushant Mathew, who scored a stunner against Chennaiyin FC in the semifinal of the first edition of Indian Super League, and India defender N P Pradeep will also be present.
Malayalam writer N S Madhavan will also be present on the occasion.
Former footballer and Kochi corporation councillor Benny Fernandez is among those who will be attending the closing ceremony of the football films package, which had movies from several countries, including Germany, UK, Mexico and Switzerland.
The closing ceremony will witness the screening of 1927 silent film, 'Eleven Devils' directed by German filmmaker Zoltan Corda. The celebrated documentary on former Manchester United star George Best, 'Football as never before', will also be shown at the closing function.