Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Chief Minister, Shri Naveen Patnaik, graced the Kalinga Super Cup 2024 Final between Odisha FC and East Bengal FC at the Kalinga Stadium on Sunday. He extended his well wishes to both teams as they prepared for the match.
Expressing pride in successfully hosting the tournament, Chief Minister Sh. Patnaik highlighted Odisha’s achievements in football. “It’s a great moment to see Odisha shine once again as we host another prestigious event at the Kalinga Stadium. Welcoming 16 teams and providing top-notch facilities underscores our commitment to football’s growth. We look forward to deepening our collaboration with AIFF to foster football development in India,” he stated.
He also conveyed his best wishes to all teams and organizers, anticipating a memorable experience for everyone involved. The stadium buzzed with energy as passionate fans from both sides contributed to the electrifying atmosphere.
The Kalinga Super Cup, which kicked off on January 9th in Bhubaneswar, garnered positive feedback from players, coaches, and fans alike. They lauded Odisha’s efforts in creating a comprehensive football ecosystem that nurtures the sport from grassroots levels.
Through collaborations with AIFF & FAO, Odisha has implemented various initiatives like coaching programs and infrastructure development to boost football at the grassroots. With the establishment of the AIFF-FIFA Talent Academy and hosting prestigious football events, Odisha continues to witness a surge in football’s popularity.