Mumbai, Nov 29 (IANS) History was made on Thursday in Indian football when City Football Group (CFG) acquired a 65 per cent stake in Indian Super League club Mumbai City FC, and team goalkeeper Amrinder Singh feels it is great news for the young Indian footballers.
The ISL club joined an elite list of clubs who are under the ownership of the Abu Dhabi based CFG which includes Premier League champions Manchester City and six other clubs around the world.
“I feel this is a momentous deal. This is indeed a great moment for football in India and all the young players who are emerging to play the sport. We have seen in the last four or five years how rapid the progress has been in Indian football after the emergence of the ISL. I believe City Football Group coming to India can only take football forward in our country,” said Mumbai City goalkeeper and India international Amrinder Singh.
There could be a possibility of Mumbai City players also being part of an exchange programme which would allow them to train at some of the CFG-owned clubs across the world and thus, improve their skills further.
Coach Jorge Costa, who won the UEFA Champions League with FC Porto as a player, believes that with CFG coming on board at Mumbai City, good times are around the corner for football fans in Mumbai.
“I am very proud to be part of this. I am very happy and excited. This will be wonderful for Mumbai City and also for ISL. I think they can bring us a lot of expertise to help the club first and then the ISL.
“I think we still have a lot of work to do to improve the quality of ISL. Comparing to last year we are improving. It is a gradual process,” said the Portuguese coach.
CFG, which is known for their vision and far-farsightedness, are sure to bring success to the club in the near future. But more importantly, CFG’s decision to enter the Indian market is a validation of the growing popularity of the sport and ISL.