India Super League:
- Kerala Blasters 1-1 FC Pune City
Uganda Cranes midfielder Kezironi Kizito shined in his debut for Kerala Balsters as he helped make a goal for his side in a tense encounter.
Kizito exhibited flashes of brilliance as his new side Kerala Blasters rallied from a goal down in the one all draw with leaders FC Pune City in the Indian Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru fortress in Kochi city on Thursday.
Marcelo Pereira gave Pune City the lead on 33 minutes as the visitors took a 1-0 half time lead.
Kizito came on in the second half for former Manchester United and Bulgarian forward Dimitar Berbatov.
The Ugandan attacking midfielder who formerly played at Vipers and AFC Leopards impressed with several dominating moves in the middle.
Mark Sifneos scored in the 74th minute as the home side restored parity within the last quarter of the game.
Kizito fed Courage Pekuson on the far side of the left wing before the latter laid it on a plate for Sifneo for the easiest of taps home.
Former England goalkeeper David James, who replaced former Manchester United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen at the club also marked his debut, like Kizito.
Kerala Blasters remain 8th with just 8 points on the 10 team log. Their next game is away to Delhi Dynamos on Wednesday, 10th January 2017.
Team Line Ups:
Kerala Blasters XI: Roy Subhasish (G.K), Wes Brown, Sandesh Jhingan (Captain), Rino Anto, Laruatthara, Courage Pekuson, Siam Hanghal, Jackichand Singh, Dimitar Berbatov (46′ Kezironi Kizito), Iain Hume, Mark Sifneos
FC Pune City XI: Vishal Kaith (G.K), Fanai Lalchhuanmawia, Rafael Lopez, Sarthak Golui, Singh Gurteji, Marcos Tebar, Adil Khan, Ashique Kuruiyan, Jonatan Lucca, Marcelo Pereira (Captain), Emiliano Alfaro