KOLKATA: Besides winning the ultimate in their maiden Durand Cup appearance, champions Gokulam Kerala also dominated in the individual awards category as the 129th edition of the Durand Cup reached it’s climax.
Goalkeeper Ubaid CK was recognised with the Golden Glove award. The 29-year old had a big say as the Malabarians cruised to the title. On a number of occasions he pulled off stupendous saves to thwart opposing strikers, showcasing his superb reflexes and impressive command of his penalty area. He also conceded just three goals in five matches.
Marcus Joseph won a double on the final day. Agile. Dynamic. Ruthless – perhaps the three best words to describe the Trinidadian. Not only he was decorated as the Player of the tournament but also picked up the Golden Boot award by scoring 11 goals in 5 matches, including a brace in final.
The 28-year-old was a menace all over the pitch but especially came alive in the penalty area. He waited patiently for his chances and, using his speed to his advantage, was able to get the better of defenders again and again. Gokulam captain and all-action centre forward was also a team player above all. He knew exactly where to be in the box and displayed remarkable composure in front of goal. He also led the entire group on and off the pitch. He took responsibility in pressure situations, and converted, from the penalty spot both in semifinal and final.