Vox Popli: Will Real Kashmir FC rejuvenate football culture in Kashmir?
Real Kashmir football club made history early this year when the club became first team from Kashmir to progress to top tier of Indiana football I League. Rise of Real Kashmir FC more commonly known as snow leopards have caught attention of football lovers across India. When Kashmir first tine hosted I League thousands of fans filled the venue to support their home team .
Idrees Ali of Kashmir Images asked football lovers in Kashmir, What Real Kashmir FC has brought to football arena in Kashmir?
Real Kashmir FC have brought smiles to everyone in Kashmir. This is historic that some of the best teams of country have played here and many more are going to play in Kashmir. It is incredible achievement in short span of time. Home venue of RKFC turns into festivity mode whenever they play there.
Muzamil Mohammad,Football Coach
Real Kashmir FC have boosted football culture in Kashmir. Local players are getting platform to excel. Likes of Danish have emerged as star footballer because of the club. Hosting I League is big achievement keeping in view the situation in Kashmir. I believe RKFC will be champions this year.
Hitherto we used to support European clubs on TV. Now we have our own team. I had a dream that Kashmir should have a professional football club. It is a reality now. I am always excited to watch RKFC playing against top clubs of India .Every match is like final for me.
Zeenat Ashraf, Budding footballer
I have been following RKFC since it was established. Football fans were waiting for this movement and when RKFC progressed to I League. Whole Kashmir was celebrating. Football culture is gaining momentum in Kashmir.
Mohd Rafiq,Die hard RKFC fan
I used to hear football was very popular in Kashmir before 90's and people used to watch the sport with passion. Looking at crowd at TRC ground and buzz about football in Kashmir. It seems revival of football in Kashmir.
Javid Dar, Sport lover
Real Kashmir FC has revolutionized football in Kashmir. They brought I League to Kashmir. Rise of RKFC is inspiration for everyone . It has created hope for very budding footballers in Kashmir. Now we can say this is our club. Coach of our club David Robertson has played big role in this success.
Ashiq Ahmad, Amateur footballer
With the success of RKFC and I League in Kashmir, parents are now supporting their children to take up football. RKFC has become household name in Kashmir. New chapter of football has started in Kashmir.
Asif Mushtaq, Student
As a football fan, it is good to see a professional football club from valley rising in limelight at Indian football scene. It is their first season in I-League and they already have played some amazing football. RKFC need to play more local talent in home games.
Rouf Sidiq, Football fan