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The club, whose impetuous on meritorious talent helps them select the best talent on offer, will hold trials at other locales in India soon...

I-League club, Pune FC recently held Under-17 and Under-19 trials in the Malapurram district of Kerala, with the aim of reaping raw talents from the football mad state into their famed academy.

The Seethi Haji stadium played host to Pune FC officials who were helped in their efforts for scouting players by local club United Mundappalam. Officials, who included academy coach Noushad Moosa as well as club captain Anas Edathodika, assessed talent on display on Friday evening as well as Saturday morning, over two sessions that were organized and held.

“Kerala has a lot of bright footballing talent that goes unnoticed most of the time for some reason,” elucidated Moosa, to The New Indian Express. “We are here to change that scenario,” added the former Mahindra & Mahindra as well as East Bengal player.

The players from the two age groups who will be selected, will eventually make up a second batch of the Under-17s and a third batch of the Under-19’s respectively. They will also be enjoy a host of other facilities such as boarding, insurance, excellent insurance and medical coverage whilst also being eligible for a monthly stipend.

“We have been looking to bring Pune FC to Kerala to take a look at the players here. Hopefully a few of them will make it to the academy from here,” chipped in Anas.

Moosa reiterated the stringent checks on talent that the club will enforce stating, “We were at New Delhi on April 30th and in Srinagar on May 3rd from where we selected just three and one respectively.”

Whilst four players were promoted to the Pune FC first team in the recently concluded I-League season, seven made it out of the academy and onto the starting eleven in the 2012-13 edition of the championship, speaking volumes of the academy’s efficiency.

“The players selected this year will stand a chance to improve their skill at the highest level. We wil surely comeback to Kerala next year to recruit more of them,” concluded Moosa, whose club also plan to hold trials at Manipur and Punjab in the near future.