Long-serving midfielder Arata Izumi will lead a 20-member Pune FC squad at the 36th edition of Federation Cup football tournament commencing in Goa on December 28.
Pune FC played out a 3-3 draw against Nay Pyi Taw FC in an AFC Cup group match to virtually end their hopes of advancing to the next stage here on Tuesday.
Pune Football Club and midfielder Arata Izumi have agreed upon extending their association for another year.
The first Person of Indian origin to have found a place in the Indian football squad, Japanese-born Arata Izumi says accepting the Indian citizenship was one of the "toughest decisions" of his life.
Japanese Arata Izumi has become the first foreign national to be selected for the Indian football team.
Pune FC thrashed Chirag United Kerala 3-0 in their round 22 fixture of the I-League at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium on Sunday.
Pune FC held onto Arata Izumi`s first half strike to score a solitary goal win over Dempo in the 19th round of the I-League on Sunday.
Day in Pics: 30th January
Showbiz World - January 30, 2015