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Santosh Trophy 2022: West Bengal, Kerala and Punjab drawn together

The official draw for the seventy fifth version of the Santosh Trophy was held in New Delhi on Thursday the place 10 groups who got here by the qualifiers had been drawn into two teams of 5 every for the principle occasion which will probably be held in Kerala from February 20, 2022 onwards.

“I used to be more than happy to know that the Hero Santosh Trophy could be going down in Kerala as it’s a footballing state,” mentioned former India defender Gouramangi Singh, who was aiding within the course of.

“It’s a nice initiative by the AIFF and Kerala Authorities and I want the gamers all one of the best,” he added.

Group A might simply be categorised as a ‘Group of Loss of life’ with the likes of West Bengal, Kerala and Punjab going head-to-head together with Meghalaya and shock package deal Rajasthan.

Group B sees defending champions Companies paired alongside Manipur, Karnataka, Odisha and Gujarat, the latter qualifying on the expense of powerhouses Goa.

The Platinum Jubilee version of the Santosh Trophy will probably be inaugurated by the competitors’s two most profitable sides – West Bengal (32-time winners) and Punjab (8). Hosts Kerala open their marketing campaign in opposition to Rajasthan who pipped Maharashtra by some extent within the West Zone qualifiers.

Companies start the defence of their title in opposition to a Manipur aspect which knocked out Mizoram in qualifying. Karnataka, who got here by with an ideal report, will probably be hoping to construct additional momentum of their opening sport in opposition to Odisha.

The highest two groups from every group will qualify for the semi-finals.

Group A: Meghalaya, Punjab, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Kerala

Group B: Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha, Companies, Manipur

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