Come April 13, Chandigarh will witness the biggest football match in its history when Minerva Academy FC host Dempo SC in the 2nd Division League final round. The match will be Minerva’s first home game of the final round, having opened their campaign with three away matches on a trot.
The historic football match will take place in the heart of the city at the Sector 17 stadium with as many as ten ISL players likely to be on the field.
Dempo SC boost of as many as 7 ISL players in their rank. The likes of Mandar Rao and Holicharan Narzary are India internationals with the later even travelling to Iran for the World Cup Qualifiers. Meanwhile, Romeo Fernandes was handpicked by FC Goa coach Zico to train in Brazil with Atletico Paranaense.
Minerva on the other hand have Sukhwinder Singh and Ramandeep Singh with the experience of playing in the ISL. But it boost of two India Youth internationals in local boys Krishna Pandit and Kamalpreet Singh.
So, the match against Dempo SC gives a perfect start to the mission of making Chandigarh a football hub of the country.
In the first round, Minerva had to play all its home matches in Ludhiana but staying true to the mission of the club to spread the game, the management worked hard to bring the league to Chandigarh in the final round.
“Like I said earlier, we want to bring Chandigarh in the football map of the country. So we worked hard to make the stadium comply with the criteria to be able to host 2nd Division Matches. We succeeded in doing that.”
“Now to promote football and infuse the game to the youths of the city, we are making it free for everyone to come and witness the match,” said club director, Ranjit Bajaj.
Minerva Academy FC is the only professional club in the country, making it a free entry to the stadium for everyone.
“Now, after all these, we expect the people of Chandigarh to come and support us. Minerva Academy Football Club is for the people of Chandigarh. Together, we can make Chandigarh the next football destination of the country,” concluded Ranjit Bajaj.