The footballers were having their lunch at the team hotel the team’s iconic brand ambassador Sachin Tendulkar entered the dining hall.
Indian Footballers like Mohammed Rafique who has donned Kerala Blasters shirt for the first time this season were simply stunned to have seen the 'Master Blaster' from such a close proximity.
Speaking from Kochi, Rafique said: “I simply could not believe that I would be getting this rare opportunity to see Tendulkar from such a close distance and even I could get the scope of talking to him.”
The key reason behind inviting Sachin Tendulkar in the team hotel by the owners and coach Steve Coppell was to motivate the footballers as the coach felt the footballers might have been demoralized by two consecutive defeats and a draw so far.
Coincidentally Kerala Blasters earned their first victory in the League on Friday. Tendulkar along with his wife Anjali looked ecstatic after Michel Chopra struck the only goal for Kerala Blasters.
Rafique when asked about Sachin’s motivational pep-talk, informed: “Tendulkar did not say much. He gave the example of his own career and said that he had also gone through bad times in his career.
"But at the same time, he asked us not to lose belief and confidence as he never gave up during his bad times in the career.”
According to Rafique, it was a twenty minutes session and all players were charged up.