Following a troublesome pre-season in which they changed their name, parted company with their coach and lost almost half their squad, FC Milsami Orhei have defied the odds in Moldova by winning their first two matches of the Divizia Naţională campaign.
Competing in the top flight as debutants last term, the team then known as FC Viitorul Orhei finished a respectable eighth. A period of financial instability followed, however, prompting the upheaval which threatened the club's future until, with the 2010/11 season about to begin, fresh investment was secured.
The new backers not only injected much-needed funds but also opted for a new moniker in Milsami, as coach Vladimir Gosperschi explained. "'Milsami is an abbreviation of the initials of the people who took on this project," he told UEFA.com. "I say project because many people invest in football in order to make profit. You can do that at many other wealthy clubs, but it's impossible to make money on football in Moldova.
"The man who took on this project [Ilan Shor] is competent and wise enough to understand this. According to him, we will move forward and the team will stay in the Moldovan league for many years. Our goal is to build a solid side that is capable of achieving the highest objectives."
Gosperschi's charges, hastily assembled before their opening fixture, are certainly making a name for themselves. Twelve players – from Brazil and Ukraine, not to mention other domestic acquisitions – have quickly gelled, gaining maximum points from matches against FC Rapid Ghidighici (1-0) and FC Sfintul Gheorghe Suruceni (2-0).
Onlookers have been suitably impressed by the rapid transformation, not least Rapid Ghidighici coach Serghei Sîrbu. "Milsami have experienced players as well as a few foreign ones," he said. "I liked the way they played against us. I can only congratulate Vladimir Gosperschi and his team on the victory they deserved. I wish them luck in future."
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