Karnataka team will be travelling to Neyveli, TN to play the South Zone qualifying round of Santosh Trophy, the national football championship for the 2018-19 season. This will be the 73rd edition of the senior national championship. The qualifying matches will be played between February 3 to 8.
Impressed by their performance in the previous edition, selectors retained faith, and appointed Vignesh Gunashekar captain and Sunil Kumar vice-captain. Karnataka had a remarkable run last year, not before losing to host Bengal in semi final.
Karnataka is placed in Group A along with Andhra Pradesh and host Tamil Nadu. Group B consists of Kerala, Telengana, Services, and Pondicherry.
- February 5, 2019: Karnataka 5 (Leone Augustine, Sunil Kumar, Manvir Singh, Safeel PP, M Nikhil Raj) Vs Andhra Pradesh 0
- February 7, 2019: Karnataka Vs Tami Nadu
Jayanth Kumar (GK), Mohammed Shahanas, Namgyal Bhutia (U-21), Prasanth Kalinga, Sunil Kumar (Vice Captain), John Peter, Shafeel PP, Ashik AS, Biswa Kr Darjee (U-21), Vignesh Gunashekar (Captain), Shelton Paul D (U-21), Sukesh Leon, Edwin Rossario, Lethaolen Khongsai (U-21), Anirudh Krishna Das, M Nikhil Raj (U-21), Leon Augustine, Manvir Singh, Kaviarsan K, Naorem Roshan Singh
Head Coach – D Manivannan
Asst. Coach – Gopal
Goal Keeping Coach - Prem Kumar
Manager - Dr Anthony S L