‘Through the Oat Gymkha Continent’; Blasters return the No. 21 jersey
Kochi: Former Kerala Blasters defender Sandesh Jim Khan’s jersey number 21 has been brought back by the club. The club have announced that young defender Bijoy Varghese will be wearing the No. 21 jersey for the upcoming season.
Kerala Blasters FC has announced that the contract with Bijoy Varghese has been extended till 2025 through its official social media account.
The number 21 jersey worn by Sandesh Jim Khan when he played for the Blasters. Following the departure of the Gymkhan Blasters, the club did not provide the jersey for other players. But fans turned against Gymkhan after the offensive remarks against the Blasters last season. The main requirement was to bring the number 21 jersey worn by Jim Khan.
ATK Mohun Bagan star Jim Khan said after a match against the Blasters that he felt like he was playing with the girls. Jim Khan’s sexist remark was widely discussed on social media. The protest was so heavy that he probably had to apologize.
Meanwhile, Bijoy Varghese, a native of Thiruvananthapuram, is currently playing for the Blasters at number 21. Bijoy was part of the Kerala team that reached the final of the International School Championship in 2018. He also won the award for best defensive player in the tournament. He was also a member of the Sports Authority of India football team that participated in the Youth League.
He was part of the Kerala Blasters FC Reserve team that will play in the Kerala Premier League in 2021. His consistent performance in the Premier League paved the way for the senior team camp.
He was named in the final squad for the 2021-22 ISL season. The club’s debut for the senior team was in the 2021 Durand Cup. He then played five matches in the ISL season.