NorthEast United FC's pre-season training in South Africa
INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE (ISL) franchise NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) will be conducting its 2015 pre-season training in South Africa from September 1 to September 22.
#Highlanders! Let's shout out #SawubonaSouthAfrica" as #NEUFC packs it's bags for the #Preseason2015 tour! #PowerOf8 pic.twitter.com/P6DAHXJpl6— NorthEast United FC (@NEUtdFC) August 28, 2015
The ISL's season 2 starts on October 3. The team will be hosted by the South African Indoor Football Association (SAIFA), an affiliate of the South African Football Association (SAFA).
The entire team will assemble in Durban and shall be availing world-class training facilities next to the Moses Mabhida stadium, one of the host venues for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The NEUFC head coach, Cesar Farias, expressed his delight when asked about his thoughts on the pre-season training.
"I am very excited to have the pre-season camp in a country that has, firstly and fore mostly, hosted a World Cup and possesses great facilities and wonderful people. I was there during the FIFA World Cup 2010 and I am familiar with the passion and love that South Africa has for this beautiful game," Farias said in a release as reported in IANS.
"We will make the best of this trip with the team. The friendlies played will be against quality opposition teams, which will aid our preparation," the head coach added.
The NEUFC will play friendlies against a South African Premier Soccer League team and South Africa's Under-23 teams during its three-week stay.
@NEUtdFC What a way to prepare for the season. Wish to see the lads soon! Go Team #NEUFC ðŸ‘ðŸ‘ðŸ™Œâš½ðŸ‘Œ— Wowsim_MUFC (@TaleOfWinter) August 28, 2015
@neutdfc good luck team.. have a great preseason.. hope that we will make a flying start this season #highlanders #GiveEverything #Champions— Madhurjya K. Sarma (@Mdhrjya47) August 28, 2015
@neutdfc great way to start preparations for the season. good luck lads!! #Highlanders— Kaushik Chowdhary (@chowdhary_kc) August 28, 2015