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.
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.
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 ti’s 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.
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.
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.
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.