Bengaluru FC won the title of the first edition of Reliance Foundation Development League

Goa, May 13 (H.S.). Bengaluru FC on Thursday clinched the title of the first edition of the Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL) in the title match against Kerala Blasters FC in a goalless draw. The result of this match is proof that both the teams are equal in strength and truly deserve to play in […]
 


Bengaluru FC won the title of the first edition of Reliance Foundation Development League

Goa, May 13 (H.S.). Bengaluru FC on Thursday clinched the title of the first edition of the Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL) in the title match against Kerala Blasters FC in a goalless draw. The result of this match is proof that both the teams are equal in strength and truly deserve to play in the Next Gen Cup. Now both the teams will represent India in the Next Gen Cup to be held in the UK later this year.

Bengaluru had to avoid a defeat against Kerala to claim the league crown, and the team, popularly known as the Blues, managed to keep their rivals in check for more than 90 minutes at the packed Benaulim ground here. Kerala ended their seven-match journey with 16 points. Bengaluru ended the league with 19 points and were the only unbeaten team.

Bengaluru coach Naushad Moosa said after the match, “I want to thank Reliance for this wonderful platform. All the teams were very competitive. This tournament really helped us gain some competitive play to understand the level of players. It is also a good platform for coaches.”

Musa further said, “I want to congratulate the Kerala team. This team played wonderfully. They were definitely the best team. I am proud of the way my boys played throughout the tournament.”

Bengaluru captain Namgyal Bhutia said, “This is our first trophy after two years. I am very happy for the team. This tournament has helped us grow as a unit. We are very excited to qualify for the Next Gen Cup. We will try to do well there as well.”

Kerala Blasters coach Tomasz Tchourges praised his team for its good performance, while also emphasizing that tournaments like RFDL give players more playing time.

The Polish coach said, “We played very well. Dominate the opponent, and create lots of chances. We were the best team and we had the best players. Bangalore is also a good team. Such tournaments help in getting more game time for the players.”

Bengaluru FC striker Rahul Raju scored seven goals in seven matches to his name. He received the Golden Boot award for scoring the most goals. While midfielder Becky Oram was given the Golden Ball award for Player of the Tournament. Sachin Suresh of Kerala won the Golden Gloves award with six clean saves.