GUWAHATI, Aug 20 - Owner of NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) John Abraham today said that his team will break-even within next one or two seasons and will become the first one among all the teams.
�NEUFC will be the first team in ISL to break-even. This is the fourth season of ISL and we will break-even in fifth or sixth season. So, it is just one or two more seasons,� Abraham said at a press conference here.
He further stated that the franchise is also very reasonable in terms of pricing of tickets during the matches and highly appreciated the support of the government.
�We have a long-term vision. We are here for a long term vision. We have already tied up with two clubs in Shillong and in Manipur. We have shortlisted kids and will house them in a residential academy at Shillong, where all their needs, including education will be taken care of,� Abraham said.
The franchise is also looking forward towards a third partnership with a club in Mizoram, he added without revealing the name.
�I am also the brand ambassador of Arunachal Pradesh. Very soon something exciting is coming up there. It is about football. NEUFC is not just a club. It is a platform to reiterate the voice of North East,� the actor said.
NEUFC has conducted scouting across Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Manipur and selected 48 kids for training them at the residential academy.