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Raj Athwal joins Odisha FC as new Club President

14/01/2021 at 5:20 PM

Bhubaneswar, Jan 14: Indian Super League (ISL) club Odisha FC today appointed Raj Athwal as the club’s new president.

Raj who has previously worked at clubs including; Glasgow Rangers, Coventry City and Watford is set to bring 25 years’ of experience of working in the higher echelons of British football to India’s top flight league. He worked with some top coaches in the footballing world like Brendan Rodgers, Gordon Strachan, Sean Dyche, Ally McCoist, Gary McAllister, Peter Reid, Rob Page (current Wales manager), Nigel Clough.

Raj states, “India is home to one of the biggest, and fastest growing economy in the world. Although cricket is widely considered as the nation’s favourite sport, it’s clear for all to see the incredible pace at which the popularity of football continues to grow in a country with a population of over a billion people.”

As President, Raj will be responsible for the club’s day to day operations and financial performance both on and off the field. “My objective is to make Odisha FC into a financially sustainable business, by returning a healthy growth in profits year on year.”

Some of the world’s largest companies have recently made the state of Odisha their new home, and many more are earmarked to follow suit. Raj explains, “The exciting prospect of creating and harnessing mutually beneficial relationships with some of the world’s biggest organisations will not only benefit the football club which has a potential fanbase of 47 million people, but will fund community led projects, increase employment and help build a state-wide infrastructure conducive for future expansion and economic growth through national and international investment.

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