SRINAGAR: In a major boost to football activities in Kashmir Valley, LoneStar Kashmir FC on Saturday announced Kashmir Observer as the official media partner for its upcoming 2021-22 season.
The exclusive collaboration will see Kashmir Observer report extensively on LoneStar Kashmir’s exploits as they embark on their I-League 2nd Division campaign, as well as other State and National level tournaments.
Popularly known as Kashmir FC, LoneStar was founded in 2013 by its Chairman, Iftikhar Ahmed Lone, as a non-profit professional football club. The AIFF affiliated club has since participated in major tournaments like the I-league’s 2nd Division, where they twice finished as the runner-ups (2015, 2016).
The Club competes in the State and National Level Football League and Championships regularly with TRC Turf Ground, Srinagar as the Club’s home ground.
Off the field, Kashmir FC is well-known for promoting and uplifting the grassroots football scene in the Valley.
LoneStar recently “re-launched” its Women’s Football Academy. The initiative received much praise, including from AIFF’s Technical Director, Isaac Doru.
“This is a moment of joy for the girls of Kashmir,” he said. “Thank you LoneStar Kashmir for helping the girls in building up their football hopes and dreams.”
Speaking to Kashmir Observer, KFC’s Team Manager Zameer Ahmad said that the collaboration will help boost the team’s morale as well as enrich the footballing sphere in the Valley.
“Football fans across Kashmir need to know what’s happening on the ground. The progress we are making and the opportunities we are creating. I believe that collaborations like these can go a long way in inspiring a generation,” he said.
Kashmir FC is currently coached by seasoned campaigner Chandan Rathod.
LoneStar concluded trials for its Senior, U-18 and U-20 teams earlier this month. With a new crop of youthful energy and talent coming through the ranks, KFC looks all set to take on every challenge head on.
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