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Odisha Government boost Indian football
Sportslogon Team February 10th 2019

Bhubaneswar : In November 2018, All India Football Federation (AIFF) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Odisha to boost Women’s Football, Indian Arrows and Indian Football overall.

The MoU came into effect almost immediately, and after three months, there is a resounding thumbs-up from the players and staff, all of whom unanimously expressed their satisfaction at the facilities provided to them by the Government of Odisha.

The State capital is not only the home ground for the I League team Indian Arrows, the junior national U-15 and U-19 teams has been made the city as their base camp, while Indian women’s team have been camping and making best use of the facilities provided since December 2018. In between, they had travelled to Hong Kong and Indonesia where they won all their four Friendly matches.

The State is hosting the Hero Gold Cup Four Nation Women’s Football Championship here at Kalinga Stadium. Apart from that Indian Arrows home matches are also played at Kalinga Stadium In the past, the Government was host the 1st Super Cup here, in future the second edition of Super Cup likely to be held here in the year, said Sports and Youth Services Secretary Visha Kumar Dev.

Floyd Pinto, Head Coach, Indian Arrows stated that such an environment is “ideal for the players to develop and express themselves on the football field.”

"It is great to see that a State Government is taking so much interest in Indian Football. No words are enough to thank them for their support,” he said. "As a young player, there's really not much more you can ask for. All our basic necessities are taken care of, and it allows us to give our best when we play. It is a homely setting for the boys and we have been made to feel welcome here," he added.

The Kalinga Stadium is currently playing host to the Hero Gold Cup where the Indian Women were off to a winning start against Iran in their opening encounter.

Immediately after the victory, Head Coach Maymol Rocky went back to the training facilities provided to the women’s team which, she felt, facilitated their preparation.

"The facilities provided to us been very excellent. Most importantly, we have been treated very well. Off the pitch, all our needs have been looked after which helped the players to focus on their game. The Gold Cup is a great platform for us,” she stressed.

"It is exemplary that the Government of Odisha has taken such an initiative and is investing so much to help the growth of Indian football," an elated Maymol commented. .
This news was added and updated on : February 10th 2019
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