(MENAFN - Arab Times) Champions of Kuwait – Skynet Miracles FC
All Kerala Football Club settle for runners-up
KUWAIT CITY, April 28:
Football is one sport among expatriate Indians in Kuwait that brings people of
different cultures and societies together.
In an exciting finale to the
Kuwait Indian Football Federation (KIFF) League, Skynet Miracles FC were
crowned champions of Kuwait for the prestigious J. P. D'Mello Memorial Trophy –
Skynet Miracles beat defending champions
All Kerala Football Club (AKFC) 2-1 in a pulsating final played at Bayan
Grounds on April 12, 2019.
The league was sponsored by M/s
Gulf Cable & Electrical Industries Co.
Pradeep Varghese scored first for
Skynet while super sub Duresh Naik scored the winning goal late in the dying
minutes of the game. Striker Shanavas scored for AKFC midway into the second
AKFC played an attacking,
fast-paced game all throughout with Shanavas Puthiyedath, Jamsheel and Inzamam
excelling in front, however Skynet defence was well-organized and stood strong
with goalkeeper Martin Dias in great form.
Pradeep dazzled with an exceptional all-round display. His ball distribution
was amazing and he took the lead for Skynet; he was rightly adjudged man of the
For AKFC, young Jineesh
Kuttapuwas outstanding with amazing touches, ball control and footballing
The Champions: Skynet
Martin Dias, Marcos Costa,
Jackson Cyrus, Rollan Fernandes, John Mellow, Sonu Xavier, Pradeep Varghese,
Joel Camara, Albin Joseph, Reagan Fernandes, Sabu Cyrus, Aneesh Anto, Neves
Carvalho, Xavier Pereira, Duresh Naik, Morris Simoes, Mack Faria, Jafar
Team Manager: Melvin Fernandes
President: Cajie Fernandes
Amees Ahammed (Goalkeeper), Shafeeq,
Mohammed Siyad, Noushad, Anthony, John, Shanavas Puthiyedath, Krishna Chandran,
Inzamam Nazer, Rafeek, Jineesh Kuttapu, Sanil, Riyas, Jamal, Subithlal, Samil,
Mansoor, Manirsha, etc.
Team Manager: Mansoor
As per the tradition of the
federation, KIFF President Derick Gomindes was chief guest on the occasion
while Nasser Al Kanaan (Executive Director of Gulf Cable & Electrical
Industries Co was the guest of honor.
Abdul Rahman Al Muraiki, Business
Development Manager – Gulf Cable was a special invitee along with KIFF
ex-presidents and presidents of affiliated clubs.
A number of other dignitaries
were also present on the occasion.
In the Presidential address,
Derick Gomindes thanked the sponsors especially Gulf Cable, KIFF Managing
Committee members, guests, affiliates and everyone associated with KIFF for the
support rendered towards Indian football in Kuwait.
The President also acknowledged
his thanks to the Technical Committee of KIFF, Auditors, KIFF Referees, other tournament
sponsors, Public Authority of Sports, KEFAK and its Managing Committee.
The final was officiated by Jerry
D'Mello assisted by Rosario Colaco and Bhava on the lines; Bernard Fernandes
was the fourth official.
The referees for the season were
appointed from different clubs affiliated to the federation. Referees body was
run by chief coordinator Bernard Fernandes and assisted by Robert Bernard.
Long-serving footballer and
popular personality Julio Cardoso, who has been playing and supporting Indian
football in Kuwait, was honored by Santos United.
Speaking on the occasion, Cardoso
acknowledged his thanks for honoring his contribution and achievements. The
stalwart would be leaving Kuwait for good, shortly.
Another memento was given to
United Goans player Prince Puthusery who is also leaving Kuwait for good.
Sponsors Gulf Cable were also
presented with a memento.
Glittering individual prizes and
trophies were presented at the prize distribution ceremony.
Skynet Miracles bagged the prestigious
Fair Play Award; the trophy was collected by Skynet President Cajie Fernandes.
Albin Joseph (Skynet Miracles)
bagged the Top Scorer of the Season Award. He was presented with a trophy and a
gold gift by V.K. Vohra.
Pradeep Varghese won the Man of
The prizes were given away at the
hands of KIFF President Derick Gomindes, Guest of Honor Nasser Al Kanaan, Abdul
Rehman Al Muraiki, V.K. Vohra, Fidelis Fernandes, Tony Alphonso, Carmo Santos,
Robert Bernard, etc.
Gasper Crasto compered the evening
and the prize distribution ceremony.
KIFF Vice-President Robert
Bernard proposed a vote of thanks.
DJ Cheslee provided the sound and
music. The moments were captured on camera by Kuwait's well-known photographer
Rivon Gomes of www.goa-world.com.
Goa Caterers (Bernard) provided
The league was played on a
round-robin divided into 2 groups. Top 4 teams in each group played the
Teams participating for the
league included All Kerala Football Club (AKFC), AVC Sports & Cultural
Association, Don Bosco Oratory, FC Sparx, GOA Maroons, Goa FC, Indian Strikers,
Pen Friends United, Santos United, Skynet Miracles SC, Soccer Kerala and United
KIFF managing committee for the
season consists of: Derick Gomindes (GOA Maroons) – President, Robert Bernard
(Indian Strikers) – Vice-President, Michael Pereira (Goa FC) – Sports
Secretary, Ziddik Sharaf (Pen Friends United) – Treasurer, Majeed P.A. (Soccer
Kerala) – Asst Sports Secretary, Fouad (All Kerala FC) – Reliever, Clarence
Pires (Don Bosco Oratory) – P.R.O, A. Sameer (FC Sparx) – Registrar, etc.