Chennai City FC buys Premier Futsal franchise

Premier Futsal today also revealed that musical maestro A.R. Rahman will compose the official anthem of the league ahead of its inaugural season, slated to start on July 15. Indian Test captain Virat Kohli, who is the brand ambassador and co-owner of the league, will lend his vocals for the song.

(From left) Rohit Ramesh, Chennai franchise owner, Namdev S. Shirgaonker, president of Futsal Association of India; Dinesh Raj, MD of Premier Futsal; Virat Kohli, League ambassador and music director A.R. Rahman, at an event in Chennai on Monday.   -  BIJOY GHOSH

Chennai CIty FC has bought the Chennai franchise of the Premier Futsal, it was confirmed on Monday.

"We wanted to give an opportunity for the players from Tamil Nadu to get a big stage to show their talent. We already have a club based out of Chennai and many already play the five-a-side game. Premier Futsal will be the right platform to give them that much-needed fillip," Rohit Ramesh, owner of the Chennai City FC said.

Meanwhile, Premier Futsal today also revealed that musical maestro A.R. Rahman will compose the official anthem of the league ahead of its inaugural season, slated to start on July 15. Indian Test captain Virat Kohli, who is the brand ambassador and co-owner of the league, will lend his vocals for the song.

Both Kohli and Rahman, along with Dinesh Raj, Managing Director, Premier Futsal and Xavier Britto, primary investor & chairman, were present at a city hotel on Monday for the announcement.

The anthem titled "Naam hai Futsal" will be released with a video featuring Virat Kohli within the next fortnight.

Rahman said, “I’m proud to associate with Premier Futsal for the league’s official anthem. It makes me happy to see such young entrepreneurs being passionate about the sporting scenario of the country and I wish them all the success in this venture. I’m especially excited to work with Virat Kohli on this, let’s hope he is as good with his melody as he is with his bat!”

Kohli, league ambassador, Premier Futsal said, “I have been a fan of A.R. Rahman for years. It will be a personal achievement and also a privilege to share the screen with him and lend my voice to the anthem of Premier Futsal.”

Futsal is a 5-a-side version of football with two halves of 20 minutes each. Premier Futsal will have two groups of four teams each with former players of major European clubs, names which are yet to be disclosed, donning the jerseys of the respective franchises.

At least one ‘marquee’ player and one Indian player will have to be on the pitch at all times.

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