Six months have gone since an unwelcome stranger has affected our lives. Everyday has been a battle for many of us. Like many things that come and go, yet another season of the ISL is upon us. Yes, we are a far way from danger of the pandemic and hence we will have to get used to seeing empty stadiums. However, it would be a pleasant and welcome sight to see the boys in yellow walk out to the pitch to fight yet another day. Not just for themselves as a unit, but for every fan out there.
I live in Chennai and anyone would be quick to say that I am a Chennaiyin fan. However, every time I see a match happening at Kochi, I cannot help but think, imagine what it would be like if Kerala Blasters wins the ISL title. Unlike the other popular football leagues around the world, the ISL constantly evolves, so does every outfit. Almost a dozen transfers in and almost a dozen transfers out on a regular basis makes it really hard to ascertain what kind of a team, each club is. So, what defines a club in ISL? The easy answer would be the fans. As an outsider, have always felt that the Kerala Blasters has to be the most romantic club in the ISL. Yes, you can definitely argue with that. The sheer fanfare and some key matches in the past, makes it hard for me to deny them that.
Now, with Kibu Vicuna at the helm – an experienced winner on Indian soil, new players in and some prominent exits, I guess the uncertainty surrounding what to expect from Kerala Blasters makes it all the more exciting. The harshest critics of KBFC’s ISL tenure may line up with what the legendary Vince Lombardi said, “If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?” or may even quip that the KBFC is always a bridesmaid and never the bride. Given the times we live in, it’s only fair to say that with respect to football, sometimes a goal, a sprint, a timely tackle, a save, a single moment is good enough to keep us going on, to keep us fighting another day, to expect a brilliant season from KBFC and ISL as a whole.
KBFC has witnessed many highs and lows since the inception of ISL. I am pretty confident that we can expect great things in the coming weeks once the ISL season begins. I guess it is time that I jump into the Hooper bandwagon perhaps. Early days maybe! I am just glad that another football season is close by. New teams, new setups, new players – the only constant, us aka the fans. There is a lot to look forward to. To sum up, another ISL season with the KBFC gives me hope. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and No good thing ever dies!
Author : Kenny Roger Moise, Chennai