Indian defender Anas donates a T-shirt for auction to raise money for Covid-19 aid

KOCHI: Indian defender Anas Edathodika He donated his national team jersey for auction to raise funds for the Prime Minister of Kerala relief aid fund for Covid-19. The shirt that was donated to DYFI , the youth wing of CPM, was the one that got into the AFC Asian Cup tournament last year.

DYFI has been running a statewide campaign of collecting scrap from the households and selling them to the vendors. The money thus collected will be donated to CMDRF.

The DYFI leaders asked me whether I can inaugurate their campaign by handing over old newspapers. Since it was for a good purpose, I thought to donate them something which could fetch them some good money, said Anas.

He was willing to give them money, but they preferred scrap items. But I thought donating the shirt could set a standard for society, added the 33-year-old defender.

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The shirt will be auctioned online on May 28 through various social media platforms. Organizers reported that they had already started receiving inquiries about the auction and that they hope to raise a reasonable amount of money through this.

Anas, who played in 21 games for the country after debuting in 2017, is currently at his home in Malappuram. Anas left international football in early 2019, but once Igor Stimac He took over as coach of India, replacing Stephen Constantine, the defender was forced out of retirement.

After spending his development years at Mumbai FC and Pune FC in the I-league, Anas joined the ISL Delhi Dynamos club and earned praise from legendary Brazilian Roberto Carlos, who was coaching the team. He later played for Mohun Bagan and Jamshedpur FC before joining his Kerala Blasters back home, though he was forced to stay on the sidelines due to injury. He was part of the title-winning ATK team in the 2019-20 ISL season.