Good evening everyone.

I would like to believe that we did enough at the start of the week to give you all some much-needed joy with that special win over Mumbai City FC. It had everything - an early goal, a second-half scare, some gritty defending. But most importantly, it had that familiar Bengaluru FC show of character and desire that has always been a part of this club.

We knew what we were up against in Mumbai and we also knew that we had to do two simple things - back ourselves and stick to the plan. The boys did it to perfection and we got our reward for it. We spoke about going out there and enjoying ourselves without keeping an eye on the points table and all the mathematics for a play-off spot. Even with our limitations due to injures, we managed to express ourselves, and that, for me, was most encouraging.

I’m glad that we could mark Sunil’s 200th game for the club with a win, and it was only fitting that his goal made sure we took away all points on the night. It was also nice to see a message from Carles Cuadrat on Twitter, congratulating the team on the win. We even had a message from new coach Marco Pezzaiuoli right after the game, congratulating the team. It’s these small things that make such moments special.

With two games to play and three teams above us battling for two play-off spots, the task only gets more difficult. However, we want to give a good account of ourselves and finish the season in the best possible manner. Tonight, we take on FC Goa who are coming fresh off a 3-1 win over Odisha FC and who are very close to booking a berth in the semifinal. We started our season with a 2-2 draw against them and knew that this will be a side that keeps getting better as the season progresses. We weren’t wrong.

We’ve been fairly unlucky, missing key players in almost every game owing to injury or personal circumstances, but I am proud of how others have put their hand up and taken responsibility, even if it means playing out of their preferred positions. We have Pratik back from suspension and Rahul will be a very late call. We also have Dimas out of quarantine and he has had three sessions with the team.

Like I said earlier, I would like us to play without any fear or pressure. I want us to go out there and enjoy ourselves and we’ll see what we have at the end of the 90 minutes. Hope we all have yet another night to remember for all the right reasons.

Naushad Moosa


The return of Edu and Xisco

FC Goa will have the services of Edu Bedia tonight, with the midfielder returning from a suspension while avoiding further sanctions for an incident with Chennaiyin FC’s Deepak Tangri. The Spaniard, who has the most touches and made the most passes in the opposition camp, is central to the way Juan Ferrando likes to see his side play. His compatriot Xisco Hernandez made his first start since signing for the Blues against Mumbai City and was instrumental in securing three points, picking up an assist while shouldering the creative responsibilities in Dimas Delgado’s absence.

Keeping the league’s best attack quiet

The Blues will be up against a side that boasts the best attack in the league. They have scored the most goals (29), with golden boot contender Igor Angulo (12 goals) and Alberto Noguera, who has the most assists (8) in the league, being the key to their fortunes. With Pratik Chaudhari’s return from suspension, Erik Paartalu could move back into the midfield to partner Suresh Wangjam and do their best to keep the Gaurs from ticking in the middle of the park.

Pushing for the playoffs

Of both the teams, it will be the Blues who need the three points tonight to stay in contention for a playoff spot. Bengaluru need to win tonight and against Jamshedpur FC next week, while hoping for other results to go their way. For Goa, who occupy the final spot in the top four, three points at the Fatorda will take them a step closer to securing a spot in the playoffs. Their final league stage match is against Hyderabad FC, the team that sits right above them in the table.









Xisco Hernández



Dheeraj Singh
Mohammad Nawaz
Shubham Dhas
Naveen Kumar


Sanson Pereira
Ivan Gonzalez
Leander D’Cunha
James Donachie
Seriton Fernandes
Saviour Gama
Aibanbha Kupar Dohling
Mohamed Ali
Sarineo Fernandes
Adil Khan


Alberto Noguera
Jorge Ortiz Mendoza
Brandon Fernandes
Princeton Rebello
Alexander Romario Jesuraj
Amarjit Singh
Phrangki Buam
Redeem Tlang
Edu Bedia
Glan Martins
Nestor Dias


Igor Angulo
Makan Winkle Chothe
Ishan Pandita
Devendra Murgaonkar
Aaren D'Silva


Cleiton Silva vs Ivan Gonzalez

After seven years of Sunil Chhetri finishing as the club’s top scorer every season, he is finally trailing (only by means of goals per game) to Cleiton Silva, the simple yet enigmatic Brazilian who has come alive since moving to a central role. Paired with the skipper up front, Silva has adapted quickly to playing around Chhetri’s strengths and his tireless presence has helped the Blues remain in contention for the playoffs. Up against him will be Ivan Gonzalez, a Spaniard who plays a key role in the way FC Goa play. Strong and comfortable on the ball, the Real Madrid graduate has filled Carlos Pena’s shoes with aplomb and acts as the first line of attack by building play from behind.

Igor Angulo vs Fran Gonzalez

With a fantastic output and movement that sees him get into goal scoring positions, irrespective of the kind of defence he is up against, Igor Angulo is FC Goa’s target man. Signed to replace the seemingly irreplaceable Ferran Corominas, Angular has slotted right in with 12 goals in his 17 games so far. Angulo trails only Roy Krishna in the ISL scoring charts and will be eager to add to his tally tonight. Fellow Spaniard Fran Gonzalez will need to have an impeccable night at the back if the Blues are to keep Goa’s no. 17 out of this game. Aided by Pratik Chaudhari’s return, and the protection provided by Erik Paartalu and Suresh Wangjam in front, Fran will need to be at his best, if he is to keep the Blues in contention for the playoffs.

Xisco Hernandez vs Glan Martins

It will be a battle of the new signings in the middle of the park tonight. Joining from another team in the League has given Glan Martins a head start, considering he didn’t have to go through a mandatory quarantine period and was match-fit. But Xisco Hernandez, on the other hand, had to regain his fitness after completing the 14-day isolation. Xisco is in his second stint with Bengaluru, and made his first start against Mumbai City FC, playing an important role in the Blues' victory. With the team needing to win both the remaining games to keep themselves in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs, a lot rests on Xisco’s creative shoulders - tonight and against Jamshedpur FC next week.

No overnight leader

Thrown Into The Deep End With The Reins At Bengaluru FC, Naushad Moosa Says It Isn't Something He Hasn't Experienced Before. We Sat Down With The Blues' Interim Boss, Who Opened Up About The Last Two Months, And A Lot More...

In a strange sequence of four January nights, Naushad Moosa went to bed on one as the second assistant at Bengaluru FC and woke up the next morning as head coach. The next three nights, he couldn’t sleep a wink. The decision to part ways with Carles Cuadrat had been taken and Moosa’s phone went off. It was the top brass at the club. “I was asked if I would take charge of the team for the rest of the ISL season. On one hand, these are decisions you don’t want to rush. On the other, these are chances you don’t need time to say yes to. When it comes to quick decisions in difficult circumstances, this has to be one of the fastest ones I’ve taken,” says Moosa, sitting back and sipping on a cup of tea - in no hurry - on a sultry Goa afternoon.

A little more than a month and nine games after that call, Moosa says he couldn’t be more grateful that his baptism to the big league was one conducted by flames. “I spent a few uneasy nights with so many thoughts racing in my head. But that was till I decided to ask myself the one question I always ask my boys on the reserve team - what is the secret of failure? Fear. I’ve never let fear be the deciding factor to any decision in my life and there was no reason to change it now just because I turned head coach of one of the most successful clubs in Indian football,” he says.

He’s had a bit of a mixed bag with results since taking over, winning two, losing three and drawing four times but with every passing game there is a visible desire to fight against all odds, something that was missing early on in the season.

Ask him to choose between the wins against East Bengal and Mumbai City FC for his favourite moment as coach, and Moosa moves both of those options aside. “Personally, my finest moment was one where I felt that the squad began trusting me. You cannot put a price on that - that trust, that respect. I’ve been a professional player myself and I know how much it takes to completely trust a coach. I’ve been there.”

A fearless centre-half with a penchant for a long throw and a sledgehammer for a head, Moosa’s experienced being thrown into the deep end early on in his career. “I was in the 10th grade when I began playing for clubs in the local league in Mumbai. More often than not, I was a boy against men. My fitness routine involved running behind the scooter of my coach through the bylanes of the city. But football was what I wanted.”

His first big chance came with Air India where he started out as a striker and then filled in as a defender for a fringe tournament that most of the seniors decided to skip. “I was on the verge of being let go by Air India, till I played that end-of-season tournament in Bhilai. I had three man-of-the-match performances and signed an extension of my contract right there.”

Things only looked up and in what was a special year for Moosa, he had a phenomenal Santosh Trophy outing, he earned a national team call up along with a long line of suitors wanting him to pull on their club colours. “The year 1994 was special. I was an India international and that meant everything to me. I had all the leading clubs trying to convince me to join them and I eventually chose Churchill Brothers where I spent three seasons.”

From almost being struck off the roster at Air India, to signing a big deal with Churchill, securing a year with East Bengal and then three more with Mahindra United, Moosa was making all the big and right moves.

His final season as professional footballer was one that ended on the best possible note, but it also involved him bravely walking away when most would have overstayed their welcome. Strapped with the captain’s armband, he led Mohammedan Sporting to the championship in the Second Division in 2005 and helped the Black Panthers earn promotion to the I-League. But he wouldn’t stick around to see the promised land. “If I had taken an emotional decision, I would have played another season. But I had to be honest to myself and more importantly, my heavily operated upon knees. It was a very hard decision, but it was the right one. I had slowed down and I had to accept it. Today, I still have the respect from everyone at Mohammedan for that season and it only validates my decision to hang up my boots when I did.”

While he had a steady stream of impressive job offers at public sector companies that were involved in sport, Moosa didn’t fancy running to the comforts and security that came along with those offers. “I had harboured the dream of being a coach long before I had stopped playing professionally. I found the idea of being on the touchline and watching your plan unfold very empowering,” he says.

And just like he did with his career as a footballer, Moosa started from scratch when it came to coaching. “I remember walking in for an interview for the post of coach at an international school and the management seemed a little embarrassed to offer me what they did after they saw my CV. I put them at ease when I told them that my first salary at a football club was 1800 rupees and at some other clubs, the inclusion of breakfast and a railway pass seemed like a very big incentive. I started my job as coach of the football team the next day.”

Moosa recalls hitting roadblocks from state associations at every subsequent job where he was trying to help put a system in place for grassroots development. He felt he needed the kind of break that would allow him time and lend him support to do what he intended. That break arrived by chance at Mumbai FC. “I dropped by the club offices to meet a friend and before I knew it, I was sitting in front of the club’s former CEO Mukul Choudhari (now CEO at Jamshedpur FC) and was offered the opportunity to coach the club’s U19 side. I said yes and won them the Super Division title straight away,” recalls Moosa.

With half a foot in the door, Moosa began making moves on the professional circuit. He has a stint as head coach with his former club Air India, before spending three very successful seasons at Pune FC, leading their youth teams to trophies consistently. He then spent a year at Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RYFS) before taking on the job at Bengaluru FC in 2017.

Like everyone associated with the club, Moosa too is excited at the prospect of a clean slate with Marco Pezzaiuoli, the Blues’ coach who takes charge post the ISL season. “I have used this stint to keep looking within and make a note of all the aspects that I need to work on. There’s so much I need to learn and I am going to make the most of working with Marco and improve myself,” says Moosa.

Moosa admits that the last two months have been life-altering in so many ways. But more importantly, he realises his role as one of the flag bearers of the cause of Indian coaches with this stint as the man at the helm of Bengaluru FC. “Indian football moving ahead isn’t restricted to just the players, it also involves the coaches. I believe this chance at Bengaluru FC is also a responsibility where I am representing Indian coaches. It’s nice to see Khalid (Jamil) do well with NorthEast United and I feel that despite all the circumstances, I have managed to give a good account of myself and in a way, of Indian coaches.”

He’s been spending most waking hours watching opponents, analysing them, working out plans for the way his boys will shape in games, but Moosa says he does make time to catch up with all the messages of support and encouragement he has been getting from different quarters. “The amount of support I’ve received from people around has been humbling. My wife is a little nervous but backs me, the fans have been so encouraging and the Indian football fraternity has only had kind words. My son Zidane was really excited when I was handed this role and he keeps calling me up and reminding me that I am a good coach. You don’t want to let that kind of belief down.”

‘ಇದು ಅವರಿಗೆ ಎಷ್ಟು ವಿಶೇಷವಾದ ಕ್ಷಣವಾಗಿದೆಯೋ ನನಗೂ ಅಷ್ಟೇ ವಿಶೇಷವಾಗಿದೆ.’

ಸ್ಟ್ರೈಕರ್ ಎಡ್ಮಂಡ್ ಲಾಲ್ರಿಂಡಿಕಾ ಕ್ಲಬ್‌ನ ಮೊದಲ ತಂಡಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಅವರ ಮೊದಲ ಅಸಿಸ್ಟ್ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದರು ಮತ್ತು ಈ ಕ್ಷಣ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಹೇಗೆ ಸ್ಮರಣೀಯವಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂಬುದರ ಬಗೆಗೆ ವಿವರ…

ಗೋಲ್ ಸಾಧ್ಯತೆಗೆ ಸಹಕಾರ ನೀಡಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ...

"ನಾನು ತುಂಬಾ ಸಂತೋಷವಾಗಿದ್ದೇನೆ ಏಕೆಂದರೆ ನಾನು ಇದನ್ನೇ ಮಾಡಲು ಬಯಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ. ಈ ಆವೃತ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನನಗೆ ಅನೇಕ ಅವಕಾಶಗಳು ಸಿಕ್ಕಿಲ್ಲ, ಆದರೆ ಪಡೆದ ಅವಕಾಶದ ಸದುಪಯೋಗ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನು ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ನಾನು ಕ್ಲಬ್‌ಗೆ ಸೇರಿದಾಗಿನಿಂದ, ಛಾಪು ಮೂಡಿಸಲು ಚಿಂತಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ ಮತ್ತು ಒಂದು ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಕ್ಷಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೊಡುಗೆ ನೀಡಲು ನಾನು ಬಯಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ. ”

2018 ರಲ್ಲಿ ಕೇರಳ ಬ್ಲಾಸ್ಟರ್ಸ್ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಛೇತ್ರಿಗಾಗಿ ರಚಿಸಿದ ಅವಕಾಶದ ಕುರಿತು…

"ಎರಡು ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ ಕೇರಳ ಬ್ಲಾಸ್ಟರ್ಸ್ ವಿರುದ್ಧದ ಕ್ಷಣ ನನಗೆ ಇನ್ನೂ ನೆನಪಿದೆ, ನಾನು ಚೆಂಡನ್ನು ಸುನಿಲ್ ಭಾಯ್ ಅವರಿಗೆ ನೀಡಿದ್ದೇ, ಆದರೆ ಡಿಫೆಂಡರ್ ಶಾಟ್ ಅನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಬಂಧಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ಅದು ಆ ಆವೃತ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಹಳ ಹತ್ತಿರದ ಆವಕಾಶವಾಗಿತ್ತು, ಆದರೆ ಈ ಬಾರಿ ನಾನು ಅದನ್ನು ಅವರಿಗೆ ನೀಡಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಯಿತು. ಅವರು ಸ್ಕೋರ್ ಮಾಡಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಯಿತು ಮತ್ತು ಇದು ನನಗೆ ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಆತ್ಮವಿಶ್ವಾಸವನ್ನು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸಲಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಭಾವಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ. "

ಇಲ್ಲಿಯವರೆಗಿನ ಆವೃತ್ತಿಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ…

"ತಂಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಆಡಲು ಇರುವುದು ಒಂದೇ ಮಾರ್ಗವೆಂದು ಅರಿತು ನಾನು ತುಂಬಾ ಶ್ರಮಿಸಿದೆ ಮತ್ತು ಕೊನೆಗೆ ದೇವರು ನನಗೆ ಆಡಲು ಅವಕಾಶವನ್ನು ಕೊಟ್ಟನು. ಹಿರಿಯ ಆಟಗಾರರು ಯಾವಾಗಲೂ ನನಗೆ ಉತ್ತೇಜನ ನೀಡುತ್ತಾರೆ ಮತ್ತು ನಾನು ಇನ್ನೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನದನ್ನು ಮಾಡಬಹುದೆಂದು ಭಾವಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ ಮತ್ತು ಉಳಿದ ಪಂದ್ಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ತಂಡಕ್ಕೆ ಸಹಾಯ ಮಾಡಲು ಇಚ್ಚಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ. ಅದೇ ನನ್ನ ಪ್ರೇರಣೆ. ”

ವೈಯಕ್ತಿಕವಾಗಿ ಆ ವಿಶೇಷ ಕ್ಷಣ ಅವರ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿ...

“ಅದು ನನಗೆ ವಿಶೇಷ ಕ್ಷಣವಾಗಿತ್ತು, ಏಕೆಂದರೆ ಇದು ಸುನಿಲ್ ಭಾಯ್ ಅವರ 200 ನೇ ಆಟ. ಇದು ಕಠಿಣ ಆಟ ಮತ್ತು ಮುಂಬೈ ನಿಜವಾಗಿಯೂ ನಮ್ಮ ಮೇಲೆ ಒತ್ತಡ ಹೇರಿತ್ತು ಮತ್ತು ಸ್ಕೋರ್ ಮಾಡುವುದು ಬಹಳ ಅವಶ್ಯವಾಗಿತ್ತು. ನಾವು ಉತ್ತಮವಾಗಿ ಸಮರ್ಥಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದೆವು ಮತ್ತು ಆ ನಿರ್ಣಾಯಕ ಕ್ಷಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಹಾಯವನ್ನು ನೀಡಲು ಮತ್ತು ನಮ್ಮ ತಂಡವನ್ನು ಆರಾಮದಾಯಕ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಯಲ್ಲಿಡಲು ಸಹಕರಿಸಿದ್ದು ಒಂದು ಉತ್ತಮ ಭಾವನೆಯನ್ನು ನೀಡುತ್ತದೆ. ಸುನಿಲ್ ಭಾಯ್, ಉದಂತಾ ಭಾಯ್ ಮತ್ತು ಕ್ಲಬ್‌ನ ಮೀಡಿಯಾ ಮ್ಯಾನೇಜರ್ ಕುನಾಲ್ ಅವರೊಂದಿಗಿನ ಆ ಸಂತಸದ ಕ್ಷಣ ಅದ್ಭುತವಾಗಿತ್ತು. ನಾವು ಒಂದು ಕುಟುಂಬವಿದ್ದಂತೆ ಮತ್ತು ಈ ಆವೃತ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ಕೆಲವು ಕಠಿಣ ಸಮಯಗಳನ್ನು ಎದುರಿಸಿದ್ದೇವೆ, ಆದರೆ ಆ ಕ್ಷಣಗಳು ಈ ಕ್ಲಬ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಒಗ್ಗಟ್ಟನ್ನು ತಂದಿದೆ. ”

ತರಬೇತಿ ಮತ್ತು ಬ್ಲೂಸ್‌ನೊಂದಿಗೆ ಆಡುವ ಬಗ್ಗೆ...

"ತರಬೇತಿ ಉತ್ತಮವಾಗಿದೆ ಮತ್ತು ನಾನು ಯಾವಾಗಲೂ ಗಮನಹರಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ. ತರಬೇತುದಾರ ಮತ್ತು ಹಿರಿಯ ಆಟಗಾರರ ವಿಶ್ವಾಸವನ್ನು ಪಡೆಯಲು ನಾನು ನನ್ನ ಅತ್ಯುತ್ತಮವಾದದನ್ನು ನೀಡಲು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ. ನಿರಂತರವಾಗಿ ಶ್ರಮಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ ಮತ್ತು ನನಗೆ ಸಂತಸವಿದೆ. ನಾನು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಗಾಯದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಆವೃತ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ಪ್ರಾರಂಭಿಸಿದೆ, ಆದರೆ ವೈದ್ಯಕೀಯ ಸಿಬ್ಬಂದಿ, ಫಿಸಿಯೋ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ನನಗೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ಆರೋಗ್ಯವಂತನಾಗಲು ಸಹಾಯ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಮತ್ತು ಈ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನು ಎಂದಿಗಿಂತಲೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಫಿಟ್ಟರ್ ಮತ್ತು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ವಿಶ್ವಾಸ ಹೊಂದಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ”

ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಎಫ್‌ಸಿಯ ಭಾಗವಾಗಿರುವ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಏನು ಭಾವನೆ…

“ನಾನು ಆಶೀರ್ವದಿಸಲ್ಪಟ್ಟಿದ್ದೇನೆ ಮತ್ತು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಎಫ್‌ಸಿಯಲ್ಲಿರುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂತೋಷಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ನನ್ನ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯದಲ್ಲಿ, ಇದು ಭಾರತದ ಅತ್ಯುತ್ತಮ ತಂಡ. ಆಟಗಾರರ ಗುಣಮಟ್ಟ ಅದ್ಭುತವಾದ್ದು, ಅವರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಪ್ರತಿದಿನ ತರಬೇತಿ ಪಡೆಯಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗುವುದು ಒಂದು ಗೌರವ. ತಂಡದ ಭಾರತೀಯ ಆಟಗಾರರೆಲ್ಲರೂ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಸಾಧಕರು ಮತ್ತು ಅನುಭವಿಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಕೆಲವೇ ಅತ್ಯುತ್ತಮ ಆಟಗಾರರಲ್ಲಿ ಒಬ್ಬರು. ಅವರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಡ್ರೆಸ್ಸಿಂಗ್ ಕೋಣೆಯನ್ನು ಹಂಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ನನಗೆ ತುಂಬಾ ಸಂತೋಷವಾಗಿದೆ. ನಾನು ಎಲ್ಲಿಯವರೆಗೆ ಸಾಧ್ಯವೋ ಅಷ್ಟು ಮುಂದುವರಿಯಲು ಬಯಸುತ್ತೇನೆ ಮತ್ತು ಈ ತಂಡಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ನನ್ನಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಎಲ್ಲವನ್ನೂ ನೀಡುತ್ತೇನೆ. ”

Rangers, Bengaluru conduct mental health session for first team

Experts In Mental Health From Club Partners Join In For Virtual Workshop With First Team In Goa

Bengaluru FC’s first team players and staff were part of a Mental Health workshop that was headed by experts in the field from club partners Rangers FC, virtually, on Thursday. During the session, the players and staff in the bio-bubble in Goa were put through various topics like self help, bereavement, speaking up, well-being, coping with the pandemic and more.

“Getting help and guidance from Rangers FC’s Care team for the ‘Care Around the Corner’ program is a big step for all of us at BFC, because it amounts to knowledge sharing and also helps us get expert help in the field of mental health, which is crucial in this day and age. We’re really thankful to our partners at Rangers FC, and I hope this is the beginning of a long-lasting association in this field,” said Bengaluru FC CEO Mandar Tamhane.

Joining in on the session from Glasgow were Arlene Sinclair, a child well-being and protection officer, who is also a trained counsellor and member of the Rangers Player Care Team. Also on the call were Stuart MacQuarrie, the club chaplain and Janice Munro, the Gers’ Mental Health Coach, specialising in suicide prevention, mental health risk assessment and counselling.

Speaking on the session and the support Rangers are extending to Bengauru’s mental health programme, Arlene Sinclair said, “The presentation was about recognising how the change we have experienced over the last 11 months has created loss. By having awareness, we can acknowledge those feelings and the impact upon our mental health. Bengaluru’s Player Care Team is dedicated and skilled to help, support and guide the players emotional well-being. Rangers are supporting the development and are extremely excited to accompany BFC on this journey.”

The Care around the Corner program aims to give Bengaluru FC’s players, staff and management a platform to speak out regarding their problems, address their mental health issues and seek help in a professional way.

Speaking about the session and the support from Rangers for Care Around The Corner, Anjana Kothamachu, Bengaluru FC’s mental health expert said, “We have learnt a great deal from our conversations with the mental health experts at Rangers FC. Rangers FC, being a football club themselves, helps in a big way. Our engagement with their mental health experts has helped open up conversations about challenging subjects like facing and coping with change in uncertain times. Also, their willingness to share knowledge and expertise on mental health has been beneficial in developing our own program.”