Kochi: Midfielder Seesan S will lead Kerala in the Santosh Trophy National Football Championships. Goalkeeper Midhun has been named his deputy in the 20-member squad.
Defending champions Kerala are coached by former international V P Shaji. The South Zone qualifiers will be held in Neyveli in Tamil Nadu from February 3 to 8.
Six-time champions Kerala open their campaign against Telangana on February 4 (Monday). They meet Puducherry on February six and clash with Services in their final match a couple of days later.
The team: Goalkeepers: Midhun V (Kannur), Mohammed Azhar (Malappuram), Hajmal S (Palakkad); Defenders: Mohammed Shareef Y P, Mohammed Salah (both Malappuram), Alex Saji (Wayanad), Rahul V Raj (Thrissur), Lijo S, Francis S (both Thiruvananthapuram), Safvan M (Malappuram); Midfielders: Seesan S, Jipson Justus, Mohammed Inayat (all Thiruvananthapuram), Mohammed Parakkotil (Palakkad), Gifty C Gracious (Kottayam), Jithin G (Thrissur); Strikers: Anurag P C, Chrsity Davis (both Thrissur), Stefin Das, Sajith Paulose (both Thiruvananthapuram).
Head coach: V P Shaji (Thiruvananthapuram)