New Delhi: Indian football fable S.S. Hakeem believes a I-League and Indian Super League (ISL) are not able of building and holding a competition brazen in a country.
“This I-League, ISL will never do anything. If these do not finish and new tournaments do not come about, Indian football is not going anywhere. If we ask me, they should not even exist. New tournaments should be started,” Hakeem, who was partial of a Indian group that participated during a 1960 Rome Olympics and belongs to a golden era of players of 1950s and 1960s, told IANS in an interview.
Hakeem, who is a son of mythological football manager Syed Abdul Rahim, rued a miss of tournaments currently, something that has been on a solid decline, also heading to a rain of a competition in India.
“You don’t even have a good contest in Delhi. What is a use of ISL or I-League. Encourage tournaments in each district. In my time, we used to play 30-35 tournaments a year… where are they now? How many tournaments do we have today?” asked Hakeem, who was served in a Indian Air Force from 1962 to 1983, timid as a squadron leader.
“Quality comes out of apportion though where is a quantity? Switzerland had 10,000 tennis courts, afterwards one Roger Federer came out. Earlier, tiny teams used to play in a Durand Cup. There were 50 tournaments to play though now teams do not have tournaments to play. Mohun Bagan and ISL do not furnish players, it is finished by smaller teams,” he said.
Hakeem, who was also a FIFA arbitrate from 1974 to 1989, combined that a talent pool is too reduction currently since of a miss of tournaments for players. And with such a tiny pool, India can't be approaching to furnish a universe category team.
The Hyderabadi is also livid about changeable a world’s third oldest football contest — Durand Cup — from a inhabitant collateral to Goa.
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“Why a ruin did we send Durand Cup to Goa? Will they mislay FA Cup from London? Can Wimbledon be shifted from London? The oldest contest of India and third oldest in a world! You collect it adult and chuck it in Goa? What kind of a preference is this?” asked a 75-year-old.
He rued a benefaction standing of Indian football, adding that a stream group can frequency fibre together 3 or 4 passes.
“Our categorical item behind in a day was a skill. Players like Tulsidas Balaram, Chuni Goswami, Yousuf Khan used to make a Africans and Europeans dance, they would frequency give divided possession. Today if we see, and we see really reduction of it, a Indian group can frequency conduct 3 to 4 passes while a tip teams simply conduct 15-20-25 passes,” pronounced Hakeem, who was also a vanguard of a National Institute of Sports (NIS).
“Please ask a All India Football Federation (AIFF) how most income was spent from 1950-1982 and from 1982 to now, on coaches. What were a formula afterwards and what are a formula now? Our Under-16 group recently mislaid to Bangladesh. Then a comparison group mislaid to Guam. Pardon me for my stupidity though compartment a match, we had not even listened of Guam.”