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Move over Mandira, here comes Mayanti

 By Stanislaus D’Souza/TNN


Margao: If Mandira Bedi could send television ratings skyrocketing in cricket so can Mayanti Langer . Zee Sports has roped in the football crazy fan to anchor their football programme, starting with the Fed Cup.
   All of 20 and a Luis Figo fan, Mayanti told TOI that this was the biggest break that life could offer her. Her excitement to be a part of the Indian football scene, despite hosting 50-odd shows is also palpable.
   “I love football and watch every match, be it Euro, Champions league, FA cup, Primera Liga or Serie A. You name it, I watch it,’’ said the bubbly Mayanti
   Her knowledge of Indian football ain’t bad either which is proved by the names of Indian footballers which she rattles of. Mayan
tis aim is to be in the thick of action at a time when Indian football is set to boom.
   Stats, analysis and profiles will be part of the gamut that will feature on the channel. That’s great for football fans who won’t have the privilege to experience the action live at Fatorda.
   Meanwhile England experts John Helm and former International Russell Osman have been hired for commentary for the tournament set to kick off on October 19.
   Talking exclusively to TOI, Gary Lovejoy, COO Zee Sports, said, “the idea of bringing in Helm and Osman was to ensure that the channel has the expertise to broadcast the games professionally.
   “Helm brings with him 25 years of television football commentary in
Europe, including several World Cups and European Championships,’’ said Lovejoy.
   Lovejoy also informed that Osman an ex-England International, capped 11 times, was a member of the Ipswich team that won the UEFA Cup in 1981 and came runners up, in what the Premier league in 81 and 82. Osman has also worked as media commentator with Sky Sports, Eurosport, ITV, Channel 5 and BBC5.
   Zee plans to have 12 cameras for the Federation Cup, 10 of which will be placed at specific locations for more close-up pictures and two in the stands. The channel also plans to have pub screenings in major cities and towns. Add to that cheerleaders and a liveband and you’ll know why football in
India will never be the same again.

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