Team Kerala defeat Karnataka in the semi-final match of a very popular football tournament of India Santosh Trophy 2023. Santosh Trophy is one of the oldest football tournaments in India. It was founded before the independence of India in 1941. Kerala will face West Bengal in the final clash of the tournament.
In the Santosh Trophy semi-final against Karnataka, Jessin was fielded in the 30th minute when the hosts were trailing by a goal. Within four minutes, Jessin leveled the score by scoring a goal. He then completed his hat-trick in the match by scoring two more goals in the 42nd and then the 44th minute. In the second half, Jessin scored two more goals to take Kerala to the final.
Santosh Trophy 2023: Kerala In Finals
In the Santosh Trophy match played on Sunday, Kerala defeated Karnataka to enter the final. Substitute player Jessin TK played an important role in taking Kerala to the final. I have scored 5 goals for the team. Due to this strong game of Jessin, Kerala defeated Karnataka 7-3. Jessin became the first player to score five goals as a substitute.
Record 5 goals from Jessin TK
Jessin became the first player to score 5 goals as a substitute. At the same time, he also holds the record for scoring the most goals in a single match of the National Football Championship for Kerala. Earlier, this achievement was in the name of Asif Sahir. He has scored 4 goals in the match against Bihar in 1999.
Inspiration story of Jessin TK
Jessin's father Mohammad Nisar is an auto driver.
He wanted to become a footballer, and now his son Jessin is fulfilling his dream. Nisar said in an interview to The Indian Express that he wanted to go to the stadium and watch the semi-final match. But he could not see the son scoring in the semi-finals. Since he could not finish his work earlier, he could not reach the stadium.
Mohammad Nisar said that he would finish his early work in the final and go to see his son's match. Kerala faces 32-time champion Bengal in the final. Jessin's father Mohammad Nisar said that I myself wanted to become a footballer. I was not focused.
I kept playing different sports like athletics, basketball, and kabaddi. But nobody could do better. Jessin was also good at athletics. One piece of advice I gave him was to focus on just one thing at a time and I am glad that he remained involved in football.