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Steven Dias joins Odisha FC as assistant coach

Odisha FC

Former India international winger Steven Benedic Dias has announced that he has joined Indian Super League franchise Odisha FC as their new assistant coach.

The 36-year-old Steven Dias spend last season with Jamshedpur FC as their assistant coach and has joined the Odia side on a one-year deal.

Steven Dias has represented Air India, Mahindra United, Churchill Brothers, Delhi Dynamos, and Mumbai FC during his playing career.

Also Odisha FC has also brought back Spanish strength and conditioning coach Joan Casanova for the upcoming season.

“Steven has a successful playing career and the players look up to him. He will be a valuable asset for us while he develops as a coach,” Odisha FC head coach Stuart Baxter said.

“Joan gives us continuity and the players are comfortable with him and we are on the same page concerning football conditioning and recuperation,” he added.

Dias too was delighted with his new assignment. “The club’s forward thinking vision of developing young Indian talent was a major factor in determining my decision to become a part of the project.”

On his return to Odisha FC and Indian football, Casanova said, “I am happy to be back at Odisha FC and work in the ISL. Last season we had so many challenges.”

“We hope in the upcoming season, we can compete as good as the last one and get inside the playoffs which is the goal for the club.”