Indian Super League team FC Pune City have entered into a strategic alliance with Chanmari Football Club, which is based in Aizawl. The CEO of FC Pune City, Gaurav Modwel, had this to say, ‘This partnership will enable Chanmari FC to set up youth teams and thereby benefit local Mizoram players to train from a young age in a professional environment. I truly see this as a historic step in our short journey of three years. We are committed towards development of youth football at all levels.’
Andrew Lalremkima, Board Secretary of Chanmari FC said, ‘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.’
FC Pune City is owned by the Rajesh Wadhawan Group. Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan and Italian club ACF Fiorentina are its co-owners. A media release from the Pune team said that as part of the partnership, there will be close co-operation between the first teams, academies, youth development, training support and scouting projects.