THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Cricket icon and co-owner of
Kerala Blasters FC, Sachin Tendulkar has pledged support to the Kerala
government to set up a state-of -the-art residential football academy in
Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday after a
meeting with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his cabinet colleagues,
Tendulkar said they have agreed to this initiative.
"Our aim is
to develop 100 top footballers in the next five years and for that we
will set up the right infrastructure for that. We are thankful to the
Kerala government for their support to help the youngsters here to chase
their dreams," said Tendulkar.
Earlier, Tendulkar, introduced
the club's new co-owners popular film icons Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna,
to Vijayan and after which they were involved in a closed door meeting.
told reporters that they are thankful to Tendulkar for agreeing to the
state government's request to partner them in the fight against drugs
"With regards to the exact nature of his
partnership, the coming days will reveal that, after discussions, which
includes being a brand ambassador and such things," said Vijayan.
regards to the proposed academy, the state government will offer the
needed infrastructure support, while Kerala Blasters will provide the
entire technical support.