Fidelis World, a Dubai based company, EMTA coal limited and the music mastero Shanker Mahadevan joins hands to promote and sponsor United Sikkim Football Club (USFC).
The founder of the club Indian football icon Bhaichung Bhutia formally launched the official jersey and the official logo of the club in an affluent function held at Taj Hotel. Kolkata on 22nd March. The logo of the club comprises a snow lion as its official mascot. The jersey is red in color.
The USFC team will be propelled forward by the players such as Bhaichung Bhutia, Rendy Singh, NS Manju, Budhiram and Jhony Menyongar.
“Our priority is to qualify to the I-league first division in its first season which is starting from 31st March at Guwahati ” Mr. Bhutia said while addressing the press conference. 28 players from the club have been listed for I league 2nd Division. He also announced coal major EMTA as its title and shirt sponsors and Nike as the kit sponsor of the season 2011.
Bhutia further said that enjoying the active support from the people and the government of Sikkim the Gangtok based club will also play home matches at the beautiful Paljor Staduim.
“Government of Sikkim has approved twenty acres of land to start a football academy in order to promote the sporting talents” the captain of Indian football team told the reporters.
The club also aims to be one of the best clubs in Asia that is run professionally, produces local talent competitive on the international level and provide a springboard to bring Indian football to the consciousness of the world.
Musician Shanker Mahadevan said that supporting and promoting USFC is just like rendering help to a family member.
“ Bhaichung has been one of the best friends of mine and I would be extending my full support to his football team” he said.
He also informed of creating an anthem for the team very soon. “the song will be motivating and full of life making people feel about football” Mr Mahadevan said.
Anandand Krishanan, the executive chairman, Fidelisworld said that partnering with the football superstar and the music legend Shanker Mahadevan for the casue of football in India “ this is our first initiative in Indian football and we feel there is a great potential for the football to become the number one sport in India” .
Ujjwal Kumar Upadhaya, the Chairman and the Managing Director of EMTA said that the company is proud to sponsor a club which is trying to grow and improve professional football in the north eastern part of India.
“The club is being run professionally and we hope that it will set an example for the other teams to follow” he said.
The chief coach of the club Stanley Rosario also thanked Bhaichung Bhutia for trusting him and giving the responsibility which means a lot to him.
A colorful Singi dance from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Heritage was also formed as a part of the press conference.
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