While we wait for tomorrow’s final group game against Odisha to see Karnataka moving to the last four of the 76th Santosh Trophy, Services with 10 points (3 wins, one draw) became the first team to secure a place in the semi-final spot be played at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
This year’s Services team got several players from the Garden City who have excelled in BDFA Super Division League for many years –ASC’s Jashandeep Singh, Deepak Singh, Oinam Gautam Singh, Safeel PP and MEG’s Liton Shil and Christopher are seen turning out for Services in the ongoing Santosh Trophy played in Odisha. The head coach Mileswamy Govindaraju Ramachandran too is from Bangalore, coming from the ranks of ASC football team.
While MEG’s and now a part of the Army Red team, Liton Shil seems to be the most popular, his colleague Christopher too scored regularly for MEG in the league until few seasons back. The ASC players are relatively new in the setup but have made an impression. Shafeel was a part of the Karnataka Santosh Trophy campaign four year back.
Standing (from Left) - Jashandeep Singh (1st), Coach MG Ramachandran (6th)
Kneeling (from Left) - Safeel PP (2nd), Christopher (3rd), Deepak Singh (5th), Oinam Gautam Singh (10th), Liton Shil (12th)