John Abraham, the North East United co-owner, has expressed hope that his Indian Super League football club could gain from the experience of Turkish players and clubs. The Bollywood actor and producer is in the Turkish town of Antalya, where the Assam-based club is having a pre-season training camp.
John has also had a meeting with the Antalya Governor Münir Karaloğlu. He also stressed the need of forging deeper ties with the Turkish football, while expressing a hope that his club team could learn from Turkey’s football clubs and players. NE United had finished fifth in the last ISL season.
John has spent two months in Antalya for a film shoot last year. “I’m very happy to be back,” he told local media. “I’m hoping to be the face of Antalya in India. I would like to promote sports and culture from India and come here and develop it out here.”
Karaloğlu stressed the role of sports in creating links between countries and cultures.
NorthEast United are scheduled to play a friendly match with Süper Lig team Alanyaspor on Thursday. The Indian club team had arrived in Antalya last month. The players have also been practicing on the city’s beaches.
The club, managed by Joao de Deus, represents the eight States – Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Mizoram – from the North Eastern region of India.
NE United is the only ISL club not owned by a corporate or industry group.