The coach of the Indian team believes Thackeray’s ability and demeanour was abundant in his meeting with the young politician.
Stephen Constantine, the coach of the Indian national football team, has lavished praise on the efforts of Shiv Sena Youth wing chief Aaditya Thackeray. in setting up the Mumbai Football Arena.
The British Cypriot coach will assemble his team in Maharashtra’s capital ahead of a crucial friendly with Puerto Rico, ranked 114th in table. The match will be the first international hosted in Mumbai for over 61 years and it will be fittingly hosted at the newly redeveloped stadium.
Thackeray – grandson of the late, great Maharashtrian-leader Balasaheb Thackeray – had highlighted the immense restoration work carried out at the complex, to guarantee Mumbai’s football’s activity behove it.
In fact, he was sure of the stadium hosting Indian Super League (ISL) matches for Ranbir Kapoor’s franchise Mumbai City FC, a forecast which was fulfilled on Friday.
“There’s no better place than this for a football ground. There’s great connectivity. There are two metro stations, there’s a railway station nearby and it’s in the heart of the suburbs. So we said let’s convert this into a proper dedicated football turf,” the already blooming politician had revealed then.
Now, another initiative by the Shiv Sena scion has borne fruit with, the him having held discussions with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) in late July, with the intent to insure the hosting of the Blue Tigers’ matches at the stadium.
Constantine expressed his admiration of Thackeray’s disposition and intent for Indian football. He stated that Thackeray met him late last Sunday in order to ensure the stadium was in pristine condition ahead of the international friendly.
“Firstly I want to thank him for making this possible,” the 53-year-old began.
“I had met with him from 11.30pm to 1am at the stadium itself with all the staff as to what we needed to do to make the pitch playable. I was very impressed by his attitude and need more people with such interest. I need to thank him for the work that he is doing for making this game possible,” commented Constantine.