'Huge responsibility', says Sharaf Ali after being selected as sports council president

Abhinath Thiruvalath

U Sharaf Ali | Photo: Krishna Pradeep, Mathrubhumi

Kozhikode: Expressing happiness at being selected as president of the Kerala State Sports Council, former international footballer U Sharaf Ali said it is a huge responsibility.

“The government has given me huge responsibility. I am really happy. I will make use of the experience that I gained from the field of sports and try to do things in a better way,” he told Mathrubhumi.com.

Ali added that even though he has worked as an organising committee convener and chairman at several games relating to the police department, this is a new working environment.

He retired from the police department in 2020, after completing 36 years in service. He was the commandant of the Kottakkal Rapid Response and Rescue Force while leaving office. In 2022, the state sports department appointed Ali as the event coordinator for the Santosh Trophy football tournament held in Kerala.

Ali played for the police football team for 12 years. He had also taken up the role of team manager and head coach. He played for the Kerala Santhosh Trophy team from 1985 to 1995. Ali was part of the team that won the trophy in 1993. He also captained the Indian football team in the Super Soccer Series held in Delhi, Goa and Bengaluru in 1993.

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