English Premier League (EPL) team Blackburn Rovers will take on Pune FC in a much-awaited exhibition match on July 22 at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi-Mhalunge.
The match against Blackburn Rovers, owned by Pune-based Venky’s poultry firm, will make Pune FC the first Indian club to face an EPL team.
“The game is a landmark encounter for Indian football fans and we are happy to be part of this treat,” said Pune FC Director Nandan Piramal. “We are excited and honoured to be the first team from India to play an EPL team that revolves around inscribing history.”
The Lancashire-based side’s trip will be the first on their twin-nation visit to Asia. The squad will then proceed to the EPL’s Asian Trophy in Hong Kong.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2011.