Bhutia, Mahadevan launch football club
Posted on Mar 23 2011 | IBNS
Kolkata, Mar 22 : The Indian football universe added one more club to it as the United Sikkim Football Club (USFC) was officially launched on Tuesday.
USFC is a collaboration between football icon Bhaichung Bhuitia, music composer Shankar Mahadevan and Dubai-based company FidelisWorld.
"I always had a dream to own and run a football club. We started USFC in a small way, two years back, we faced difficulties in running it but we did it anyway. But we wanted to take the club at a different level and it was during Dubai camp where I met with FidelisWorld," Bhaichung Bhutia said.
Speaking on the immediate target of the club, Bhutia said,"Our main target is to qualify for the I League first division, we have a very good team and we want to qualify this year only. But if we don't then we have a target of three years for qualification in the main draw and also develop the club."
The club will be seen playing at the I league second division this year under the coaching of Chief Coach Henry Stanly Rozario.
The team is comprised of few of the best names of Indian football like: Baichung Bhutia, N S Manju, Renedy Singh, Budhiram and Johny Menyongar.
The team also features four foreign players who will play for the side in the I league second division this year.
"This is our first initiative in Indian football. With the immense growth exhibited over the last five years in the Indian sports sector, Fidelis World feels there is great potential for football to become the number two sport in India," Anand S. Krishnan, Executive Chairman, FidelisWorld said.
The official logo of the club and the official mascot of the club, 'Sikkim Snow Lion' was launched on Tuesday.
The official song of the Sikkim based club will be composed by renowned music director and one of the officials of the club, Shankar Mahadevan.
"I will compose a rocking album and shoot the video with the team players," Mahadevan said at the event.
Coal major, EMTA Coal Limited are the main title sponsor and shirt sponsor of USFC while Nike are the kit sponsor of the club for the 2011 season.
The Official squad list for United Sikkim Football Club I league Division 2 are as follows:
Debjit Majumder, Muttath Suresh, N.S. Manju, Bijoy Das, Tonmoy Ghosh, Budhiram Tudu, Joseph Daniel, Pradip Hembrom, Bhaichung Bhutia, Beikhokhei Beingaichho, K. Kulothungan, Sukdeb Ghosh, Lalrin Fela, Prem Kumar, A.P.D. Carvalho, Joseph Lapira, Mitsuki Ichihara, John D Menyongar, Pranesh Dewan, Tenzing Tsephel Bhutia, Mayal Dok Lepcha, Tashi Tseten Bhutia, P Renedy Singh, M. Bijen Singh, Jiten Rai, Sagar Rai, Nim Tshering Lepcha, Sumit Thapa,
Chief Coach: Henry Stanly Rozario
Assistant Coach: Satyabrata Bhowmick
Goalkeeper Coach: Snehasish Chakraborty
Physio: Shibnath Basak and Soumyapratim Basak M