Newcomers Odisha FC set to play their first home match of 2019/20 Indian Super League against ATK on November 24 at their temporary adopted home – the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune – the team management has urged football fans in the city to treat the team as their own and turn out in numbers to back the side in the three matches they are scheduled to play at the venue.
The Bhubaneswar-based club shares a strong connection with Pune with skipper Marcus Tebar having represented FC Pune City in the ISL before. The Spaniard was a fan-favourite during his time with the now-defunct Stallions and is expected to be the centre of attraction among a familiar crowd. Defender Narayan Das was also a part of the FC Pune City in the past while Amit Tudu had played for the FC Pune City Under-18s. On the other hand, Jerry Mawihmingthanga and Mohammad Sajid Dhot had played for former I-League side from the city – DSK Shivajians FC. Although Gaurav Bora was a part of FC Pune City last season, he was on a loan with Chennai City FC.
Ahead of their first game against ATK on November 24, Odisha FC’s top management has invited the football fans in the city to come to the stadium in large numbers to support football and bear witness to some great action on the pitch. Odisha will play two more matches in Pune against Bengaluru FC and Hyderabad FC on December 4 and December 11 respectively.
Speaking ahead of their game in Pune, Odisha FC CEO Ashish Shah said, “I would like to invite the football fans in Pune and nearby areas to come in big numbers and watch the team play. A packed house at the stadium will be great for the teams and the league as well.”
“We have also appealed to Odia communities in Pune to come in large numbers and watch the team from their home state perform here at Balewadi,” he added, addressing the considerable Odia community based in Pune and Maharashtra.
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