Mehrajuddin Wadoo reunites with FC Pune City as Youth Team Coach

FC Pune City has appointed former Indian national team footballer Mehrajuddin Wadoo as Head Coach for their Under 18 team. The defender will begin his career as a coach by reuniting with the Club four years after he played for them in the inaugural season of Indian Super League.

Speaking on his appointment of the Jammu & Kashmir player, FC Pune City Technical Director Pradhyum Reddy said, “The mark of a progressive Club isn’t just to bring through talent from our Youth teams, but to also develop our own Coaches. Mehrajuddin has the experience of having represented FC Pune City as well as has had a highly decorated career in Indian football. His versatility and hard work which enabled him to succeed as a player and his core values which he has demonstrated on his fledging coaching career are the reasons that he will be the ideal role model to help groom our next crop of youngsters.”

In his illustrious career, the Srinagar-born defender plied his trade for the likes of HAL, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Salgaocar before making his ISL debut in 2014 with FC Pune City. He later joined Chennaiyin FC with whom he won the ISL title. Last year he represented Mumbai City FC before hanging up his playing boots at the end of the season. The 34-year-old had a fruitful international career, having represented the India 32 times. He scored the winning goal against Bangladesh in the SAFF Cup finals at Karachi in December 2005. He was a part of the Indian team that won Nehru Cup 2007, the AFC Challenge Cup 2008 and the Nehru Cup in 2009.

Mehrajuddin turned to coaching last year having launched the State Football Academy in his native state and has been actively overseeing its functioning. He appeared for his AFC ‘A’ License coaching this summer and has now taken up the role of head coach for the club’s Under 18 team.

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