AFC Champions League: Mumbai City FC sets up training camp in Abu Dhabi
Drawn in Group B of the 2022 AFC Champions League West Region, Mumbai City FC are partnered with Al Jazira (UAE), Al Shabab (Saudi Arabia) and Air Force Club (Iraq) for the league matches which will begin in April. 8.
Des Buckingham, the club’s head coach, said: “After a six-month season living in an ISL bubble, the players have had a bit of a break over the past few days. We are now turning our attention to preparing for the best possible in Abu Dhabi, taking the positives from the league campaign and building on the learnings. We have a very young squad here and the experiences gained, combined with a new mindset, will help us focus on our next goal for our continental campaign.
“We now have time to acclimatize to the conditions and prepare the team for what will be an exciting challenge ahead. Players, coaches, staff – everyone at Mumbai City is determined to prepare in the best possible way for what is going to be an important experience and historic moment for the club. We are delighted and looking forward to the AFC Champions League,” he said.
Kandarp Chandra, CEO of Mumbai City FC, added: “In the AFC Champions League, we will not only represent our city, but all of India. It is a challenge and a responsibility and it is important for us to prepare for it in the best possible way. As a club, we look forward to the invaluable experience of playing at the highest level in Asia and hope to project a good image of ourselves and make our fans proud.
The UAE has in the past served as the base for the training camps of several Indian football teams over the years.