The former Salgaocar FC and Mohun Bagan coach wants to win silverware in his first season with Pune FC...
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Pune FC coach Karim Bencherifa is confident of winning silverware for Pune FC, a club which has yet to a win a major trophy since coming into existence back in 2007.
"I think that Pune can be one of the big powerful side in Indian football. We just have to focus on the youth and bring up the youngsters and to not forget that the results are also important," the Moroccan told Goal.
"Let me make it clear," he added, "though coaches usually do not like to put pressure on themselves, with whatever setup I have, I want to compete for honours.
“As soon as Pune [FC] officially named me as their coach, people started saying that 'with the reputation that Karim built in India as a coach, he suits Pune, and Pune with their professional set-up suits Karim.’
“So I hope this combination will work very well and I'm very excited. I'm most probably the coach of the most professional club in India. Of course, Bengaluru [FC] are following suit. Pune are in the Indian football setup for seven years and so have reached a professional maturity,” he mentioned.
It is also understood that Bencherifa is eager for a reunion with Japanese midfielder Ryuji Sueoka and Brazilian defender Luciano Sobrosa who worked with him in the past successfully at Salgaocar FC where they won the I-League.
"I will be glad to have them. They have worked with me in the past. They are true professionals and I know them in and out. I think if they join, they will suit our club," said the experienced gaffer.
Pune FC also have a couple of players who are on trial with the team which played out a 1-1 draw against Bengaluru FC in their first pre-season friendly at the Duler stadium in Mapusa, Goa, on Saturday.
"We have to sign some foreigners. We have a lot of players on trials and we will take a decision in one or two weeks," he said.
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