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I-League, ISL merger will do wonders for Indian football

Saturday, 2 August 2014 - 7:00am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA

“Time is too short to prove anything but display by the players on the pitch should send the message that this league is here to stay and improve football in the country,” said Gaurav Modwel, CEO of FC Pune City, one of the Indian Super league (ISL) teams, while talking to dna on Friday.

Modwel urged that the merger of two leagues of the country (I-League & ISL) as one national league will make a world of difference for the game in the country and he was hopeful that those days were not far away as ISL will take the game forward in the right manner.
“I am sure many would agree that the merger of these leagues will see the brighter side of this beautiful game in India, and ISL, with the corporate support, should make the difference,” said Modwel.

On the role of Pune FC, Modwel stated that the club will play their role in enhancing the technical aspect of the team. “They (Pune FC) are a well-knit professional team and their support (technical) will help Pune City FC to build on.”
Pune FC has been playing a major role in promoting this sport and it was their move that has placed Pune in the Asian football circuit, so their role will help us in many ways,” he said the CEO.

However, Modwel claimed that PFC having some stake in the Pune City FC team was not talked about but it could happen in the longer run.
The team has tied up with ACF Fiorentina and also roped in the services of Italian Franco Colomba as the head coach.




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