It has been an interesting effort, initiated by the Punjabi footballers who have been playing successfully outside their state for last couple of years. There are a obviously a few popular names like Baljit Singh Saini, one of the leading Indian footballers of Athletico de Kolkata, Rakesh Mashi who had successfully represented the country’s all the premier clubs till last season including ISL, Sukhvinder Singh who represented East Bengal last season, Gurwinder Singh, the captain of East Bengal this season—–all these footballers from Punjab has already formed a new club in Roorkee Kalan in Jalandhar. The name of this club is Punjab Football Club. And more importantly, the footballers, while building up this club, have tried their best to make it completely professional.
Punjab has a strong history of presenting football clubs as well as top football clubs. The clubs like JCT Mills, Border Security Force (BSF) and Punjab Police had major success in Indian football, winning a lot of trophies. But due to financial crisis all these clubs were some way forced to stop participating in the country’s leading football championships.
The Punjab Superdivision is likely to start in September. And the qualifying round is going on now where Punjab FC has already reached the finals and all set to get into the elite division of Punjab football. Baljit Singh Saini, former East Bengal striker and currently representing ATK in the ISL, said recently, “We had a feeling for long time after JCT Mills pulled out of the I-League and all other leading championships of Indian football that if some new venture could be explored then it would ultimately benefit the talented upcoming footballers from Punjab. They will get an outlet after they finish their scheduled time in the academy.”
It has been learnt that the main owner of this club is Garry Sandhu, the popular pop singer from the same place, Roorka Kalan, Jalandhar. And according to Baljit, this new club will be able to take advantage of utilizing the infrastructure of a football academy in Roorka Kalan which is comparable to World’s best football academies! And interestingly, Garry Sanshu is also one of the chief patrons of this football academy. Baljit also added while speaking on the occasion, “Once we qualify for the Punjab Super Division league, we will announce officially about the launch of Punjab FC. And immediately, after that, we have plans to make an appeal to The All India Football Federation (AIFF) for its approval so that we can participate in the second division of the I-League.” The former East Bengal striker who has not signed for any I-League club this season so far, also gave hints that even he might sign for their own club Punjab FC after the completion of ISL this season.