New Delhi: In a first-of-its-kind initiative in Indian football, a multi-national corporation owned by a non-resident Indian, today announced the acquisition of stakes in I-League club Shillong Lajong FC.
Anglian Holdings, an NRI-owned MNC with diverse global investments, including in sports, will facilitate transfer and exchange of knowledge and expertise between Shillong Lajong and Denmark first division side FCV Vikings at the player and coach levels.
The MNC founded by its current chairman Uday Narang, an Indian entrepreneur who has lived and worked in United States and Europe for the last 25 years, had recently announced its investment in FCV Vikings. It aims to set up a world-class academy in India with technical expertise from Europe.
The investments in the two clubs are intended to provide a channel for Indian footballers to train with and eventually showcase their skills across the world at the right level, the company said.
Dhruv Ratra, CEO Sports and Marketing, Anglian Holdings said, "Our association with football stems from our deep-rooted passion for the sport that all of us at Anglian share, coupled with the desire of seeing Indians compete and do well at the highest levels. We would be actively looking at scouting, training and promoting Indian football talent, using Shillong Lajong FC and FCV Vikings as channels to take Indian football to the world.”
"We are extremely grateful to Shillong Lajong FC and FCV Vikings for providing us with the opportunity to work together in this endeavor," he said.
Commenting on the alliance, Shillong Lajong General Secretary Larsing Ming Sawyan said, "We are delighted that Anglian Holdings has come forward to support Lajong and we believe that it is a step in the right direction as far as Indian football is concerned. We are also appreciative of FCV Vikings and are confident their expertise and training knowhow will help Lajong players to take their game to next level."