Gokulam Kerala FC have appointed former Indian international player and State Bank of Travancore coach NM Najeeb as the reserve team coach for the upcoming season.
Najeeb is known for his coaching stint with SBT during the bankers’ National Football League era. He has won a total of 42 trophies for the bankers while 12 players played under him got into the national team during his stint at the SBT.
As a player, he has played for East Bengal Club, Titanium XI and Mohammedans Sporting Club. He has also represented India a couple of times as a striker. He has also represented the Kerala state team in Santosh Trophy for six years.
After his playing career, he coached State Bank of Travancore for 15 years.
“I am glad to be with Malabarians. Kozhikode is my home city and I am honoured to be the coach of the developmental side of a club from my home city. Our aim is to win the Kerala Premier League and also develop as many youngsters for next year’s I-League,” said Najeeb.
“Najeeb was instrumental in mentoring several Kerala players and he has helped them to play for India. We at Gokulam Kerala FC believe, he could be able to replicate his success at SBT here and develop several players for the senior side. We wish him the best for the upcoming Kerala Premier League,” said Gokulam Kerala FC CEO Dr. B Ashok Kumar.