I-League: Gokulam Kerala FC release star striker Antonio German

The former Kerala Blasters forward leaves the club after just six matches in the ongoing I-League citing personal reasons…

Gokulam Kerala FC have parted ways with England born Grenadian international striker Antonio German after just six matches in the ongoing I-League 2018/19 season.

The club officially confirmed the news of releasing the forward on Thursday. The club statement read, “Gokulam Kerala FC has parted way with forward Antonio German. The former QPR forward and Grenada international was with the club from the start of the season. He started all the six matches for Gokulam and scored two goals. The player requested to cancel the contract due to personal reasons and has left for United Kingdom.”

On leaving the club after playing in just six matches, the former Kerala Blasters forward said, “It was a nice experience with Gokulam Kerala FC and I wish the club a bright future. I thank Kerala fans for wholeheartedly supporting me. The fans have been excellent throughout the season.”

Gokulam Kerala head coach Bino George said, “Antonio German is a good team player and his immense experiences in playing European leagues have helped us to perform well this season. It was altogether a different experience working with him. We wish Antonio success in his future career.”

Antonio German came to India for the first time in 2015 and plied his trade with the Indian Super League (ISL) side Kerala Blasters. He was an instant hit at the club as he scored six goals in nine matches.

His impressive show prompted Blasters to recall German in succeeding season but unfortunately, he did not score a single goal after appearing in 11 matches.

After a gap of one season, German returned to India and Kerala but joined I-League side Gokulam Kerala. In the six matches, German played in the I-League managed to hit the net twice.

The striker’s departure comes as a blow for Bino George’s side who are currently played on the fifth position in the league table with nine points from six matches.

The Malabarians now travel to Kolkata to take on giants East Bengal in their seventh match on Sunday at the Salt Lake Stadium.