31 July 2010

MMC to Pokhara?

MMC created a lot of buzz this week with their press conference announcing the big-money signings of virtually all of Nepal's best players that do not play for Nepal Police Club. Despite all the fanfare, the fact of the matter is that MMC still has a long way to go. They still do not train regularly or have a training ground, youth academy or club store - all basic prerequisites to truly call yourself a professional club.

As long as MMC is based in Kathmandu none of those short comings will change. The Valley is just too chaotic and filled with too much negativity to implement bold ideas. I was thus pondering, how awesome would it be if MMC moved to Pokhara.

It makes too much sense! MMC already has a massive following among the large ethnic population in Pokhara and unlike other Kathmandu based clubs, they do not really have a geographic footprint in the Capital, so relocating to Pokhara is not going outrage any communities in Kathmandu.

As potentially the only "A" division club that would be located in Pokhara, MMC could generate a lot of support from fans and businesses in the city. Pokhara Stadium would be packed to the brim for each one of MMC's home matches meaning lakhs and lakhs of revenue for the club. Starting an academy and ancillary football activities would be a million times easier than it would be in Kathmandu. As for the other Pokhara team, Sahara Club - most big cities in the world have several big clubs, so Pokhara would be no different. Hopefully Sahara Club would be inspired to start playing in the Martyr's League after witnessing MMC truly become Nepal's first professional football club.

5 comments:

  1. I agree. It is an excellent idea. The other important part of any Club to turn professional is to look for future talent so they should also have a youth team which later feeds the main professional team. And Pokhara has some really good soccer talent (GBS, SOS etc.). Who owns Sahara Club?

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  2. Sahara Club is a community club run by its members. Pretty much all Nepali football clubs are structured this way.

    This is one of the weaknesses of Nepali football. Decisions have to be made through consensus, thus nothing happens.

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  3. Though I must say - Sahara is one of the better run clubs in the country and are very active on many fronts.

    However they have decided that participating in the Martyrs League at this point will distract them from their other activities.

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  4. Long as MMC is truly dedicated and committed to the cause of football,the issue of location or relocation is secondary, in my opinion. Regardless of the location,they can succeed in their endeavor.
    I have no idea how affluent MMC is in terms of resources.The way they went all out shopping players shows that they are financially sound.
    More importantly, the club has to seriously focus on developing its own infrastructure,a prerequisite for long term success.

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  5. @Sthapa - the problem for MMC is that they cannot reach their full potential in Kathmandu. The fan base in KTM is fragmented, there is no place to develop infrastructure and the stadium is shared by all the clubs.

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