Chennai City FC chalks out comprehensive partnership with Finnish club

As reported by Sportstar earlier, four players from CCFC — Soosai Raj, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Nandhakumar and A. Beautin — will travel to Oulu, Finland and train with JS Hercules for one month.

PSR Raju (left), co-Founder and vice-chairman of White Lotus, Rohit Ramesh, Chennai City FC owner and Mikko Perala, Chairman and Member of Hercules Oulu Club, at an event in Chennai on Friday.

I-League club Chennai City FC and Finnish club JS Hercules on Friday announced a comprehensive partnership that involves exchange programmes for players, business arrangements and a social impact programme.

As reported by Sportstar earlier, four players from CCFC — Soosai Raj, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Nandhakumar and A. Beautin — will travel to Oulu, Finland and train with JS Hercules for one month.

CCFC owner Rohit Ramesh stressed the unique nature of the partnership saying, “It is not a typical European or Premier League kind of tie-up. It is more of groundwork and working at grassroots. It is about how we can learn from each other and also have exchange programmes on how to run the sport.”

Speaking about what his club can offer, Hercules chairman Mikko Perala said, “We have a lot to give even though we are a small club. We want to prove that small clubs can also do great things. I think India is a sleeping giant in football and hopefully this partnership can wake it up.”

Chennai City FC also on Friday announced that it has identified a location on OMR, in the outskirts of Chennai, to construct its own stadium with lodging facilities for its players. PSR Raju, one of the partners of CCFC, will oversee the club’s infrastructure development. “We plan to get started in six to nine months and get the stadium ready by 2019.” Raju said, adding there are plans to have a multi-sports facility at the venue once the main football stadium is ready.

Hercules has a social programme called ‘Good4Hood’ in Finland to help fight social problems in local communities and the two clubs said they will try to modify the programme to suit Indian needs.

Foreign recruits

Chennai City FC owner Rohit Ramesh revealed that the side’s foreign recruits — Onwuabujri Ikechukwu Joseph, Marcos Vinícius Costa Guedes and Charles do Vale de Souza — were unlikely to feature next year. The management however has decided to continue with coach V. Soundararajan who was appointed mid-way through the season after Robin Charles Raja was sacked seven games into the tournament.

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