Indian Super League: FC Pune City will focus on younger players in upcoming season, says Antonio Habas
FC Pune City team CEO Gaurav Modwel said, 'The players we have picked are not big names. We are aiming to create a core team which will be ours for the next couple of years.'
Mumbai: The head coach of ISL franchise FC Pune City Antonio Habas on Sunday said that the team would focus on its younger players ahead of season four of the league, to be commenced in November.
"Young players are hungry and eager to learn new things. I believe they will be the turning point for the team. We will focus on developing the youngsters," Habas said after the ISL domestic players draft in Mumabi on Sunday.
FC Pune City have retained young goalkeeper Vishal Kaith and inducted 20-year-old forward Ashique Kuruniyan from last season.
The club also signed Uruguayan striker Emiliano Alfaro, Kean Lewis, Adil Khan Lalchhuanmmawla, Jewel Raja, Nim Dorjee, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Harpreet Singh, Wayne Vaz, Kamljit Singh, Baljit Sahni, Rohit Kumar, Ajay Singh, Gurtej Singh and Pawan Kumar.
"The players we have picked are not big names. We are aiming to create a core team which will be ours for the next couple of years. We want to create our own marquee players and will focus on developing more players," said Team CEO, Gaurav Modwel.
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