How Kerala prepared for the ISL opening ceremony

Sumedh Pande  |  Indian Super League  |  1 Year Ago

Indian Super League season 4 is set to kickoff tomorrow with reigning champions ATK ready to take on the hosts and last season's finalists Kerala Blasters at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. As has been the norm on the opening day of the ISL, a grand opening ceremony is planned by the organizers to kickstart the carnival that is the ISL. 

Earlier, the opening day fixture and the grand ceremony was scheduled to take place at Kolkata - the home of the champions but due to the city's successful hosting of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the ISL authorities granted Kolkata the rights to host the final and decided to shift the opening game at Kochi. 

Preparations are going on in full swing at the JLN stadium in Kochi where Bollywood superstars such as Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif are expected to be the star attraction. The duo are set to perform at the venue tomorrow on the song of their upcoming film - 'Tiger Zinda Hai' titled, "Swag Se Karenge Sabka Swagat." 

Salman and Katrina arrived in Kochi a day before the opening ceremony and also practiced at the venue for tomorrow's big day. The actress posted a video of her and Salman in the flight to the football crazy city and the home of Kerala Blasters. 

Along with the Bollywood duo, many other surprises are in the store in what is expected to be a firecracker of a start to season 4. Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar - the co-owners of ATK and Kerala Blasters respectively are also expected to be present at the stadium to cheer for their sides. Nita Ambani and the AIFF authorities will be seen among the elite crowd. 

Coming back to the men that matter, Kerala Blasters and ATK has always been a tough fixture in the ISL with last season's finalists ready to renew their rivalry. Blasters have a full for squad to chose from whereas the champions are struggling with injuries to key men such as Robbie Keane and Jayesh Rane. But the Blasters have only beaten ATK once in the history of the competition which will give some relief to the away side.


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