Positive comments from Bhaichung Bhutia
Some heartening news for Indian football as the much awaited U-17 World Cup draws near! Under a year to go, the preparations will receive a boost by the comments of Indian football legend Bhaichung Bhutia. He believes that the Indian U-17 players were on the ‘same page’ as their Brazilian counterparts.
Bhaichung Bhutia lauded the team while making the aforementioned comments. He also said “We saw the Indian U-17 World Cup team play against Brazil. Some of the Indian players were on the same page as the Brazilian players, if not better than them”.
Bhaichung Bhutia, also the chairman of All India Football Federations’s (AIFF) technical committee seemed optimistic about India’s footballing future. He also emphasized on the importance of playing matches at the highest level. “If you don’t play matches you don’t develop into a better player it is as simple as that,” he quipped.
The quality of Indian football needs to be improved from the grassroot level and this is the perfect beginning for the same. “The U-17 World Cup squad is the first step that we have to focus on apart from working on grassroots football”, Bhutia said enthusiastically.
AIFF President agrees
Also giving strength and validity to Bhutia’s claims, AIFF president Praful Patel also praised the Indian U-17 side. He dubbed the team as a “quantum change in development of Indian football”. Moreover, Bhutia also emphasizes on equal exposure to be provided to all youth age Indian teams.
Moreover, Praful Patel also stated that coaching is pivotal to improvement and India plays under the best of coaches. “Our Indian team plays under the best coaches and they are getting a chance to progress and develop in a competitive environment.”
He expressed happiness at the Indian side brushing shoulders with the best in the business. This will come a long way in ensuring Indian football’s bright future.