FC Pune City, the Pune-based franchise in the Indian Super League has announced a strategic tie-up with the hotbed of Indian football talent, Mizoram-based football club Chanmari FC. Chanmari FC was established in 2011 and plays in the Mizoram Premier League. The partnership will see close co-operation between the first teams, academies, youth development, training support and scouting projects. However, the most significant aspect of the arrangement would be the opportunity for Chanmari FC players to represent FC Pune City at some stage in their careers.
The association will see FC Pune City develop the youth structure of the Aizawl-based team by providing them youth team coaches and training equipment. This will greatly help the young talented footballers in the Mizoram region.
Announcing the partnership, Gaurav Modwel, CEO of FC Pune City stated in a press release, "I truly see this as a historic step in our short journey of three years. We are committed towards the development of youth football at all levels. We put great value in partnerships like this and we look forward to committing our resources to develop and foster an environment where we and Chanmari FC can work together for the greater good of Mizoram football."
Andrew Lalremkima, board secretary of Chanmari FC also released a statement saying, "We have been committed to growing the game and developing young players in Mizoram for the last six years and we see this as the next step in continuing that growth both for the youth players of Chanmari as well as that of the state of Mizoram.We thank FC Pune City for showing faith in our football club and look forward to a long a successful partnership together."