GUWAHATI: Guwahati FC is all set for its first endeavour, as the club announced the launch of its team for the Assam State Premier League here today.
The club which came into existence after Sanjive Narain, one of the co-owners of ISL side Northeast United FC decided to pull out of the club deal last year. Guwahati FC was launched in December last year while the side will make their way into the pitch for the first time in the Assam State Premier League starting from May 29.
"Finally, Guwahati FC will play its first match against Tezpur United at Tezpur on May 30. We have appointed Anxo Valcarcel, a Spanish professional coach with over 19 years of experience as the first team coach. He is a UEFA A licensed coach and has been associated with some of the illustrious clubs including Real Madrid, RC Deportivo De La Coruna and Real Club Celta De Vigo," said Sanjive Narain, co-owner, Guwahati FC.
In addition, the club also unveiled its logo which features the one-horned rhino and a football as well as their home and away jerseys. The side also announced the signing of their key players which include the likes of foreign recruits ND Opera and Adekoye Babatund along with Rahul Boro, Ashish Chettri and Mobin Rai.
"Our main target is the I-League and it has become a prestige issue for us now. Despite being a large state compared to some of the other states in the region, we haven't been able to make it to the country's top tier. Our aim is to set up a professionally managed and successful football club that would work for the development of the game in the state as well as put the state on the national and international footballing map," said Narain.
On being asked regarding his team's prospects, Anxo Valcarcel said: "I am really looking forward to working with Guwahati FC and to forge a new chapter in football as far as Assam is concerned. Passion for the sport as well as youth talent is abundant in the region and I am sure with the right guidance and dedication, the club can attain great heights."
Earlier the club has tied up with Delhi based Anglian Management Group to manage and professionalise its operations while it has tied up with Brazil's Clube Atletico Paranaense to set up the first international football academy in the Northeast.