Bhutia calls for better coverage of Indian football

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Mumbai, Nov 25 (UNI) National team skipper Bhaichung Bhutia today called for better coverage of domestic matches for the Indian football players.

Bhutia was speaking to the media, along with Mahindra United skipper Steven Dias, after inaugurating the second edition of Tata Tea Jaago Re Soccer Stars '09 where in the final stage, 16 Indian youngsters would get a chance to participate in the Arsenal International Soccer Festival.

''For the Indian players, we need a much better coverage of the games. When we play, those matches must be shown,'' said the Indian skipper.

Incidentally, football fans in the country could only see the first half of the I-League match between Mohun Bagan and Mahindra United and were bereft of the winner scored by Bhaichung. Mohun Bagan had a disastrous start to their I-League campaign and Bhaichung acknowledged it stating, ''It was the worst start by Mohun Bagan in their entire NFL (National Football League or the now I-League) history. But credit must be given to the players, coaches and the management for the great recovery.'' The Indian football icon went on to speak on life after football and spoke of his desire to have a world-class Academy in India.

''It's my dream project. I want to have an Academy of the highest quality.'' UNI GS AB RAR UCS2046

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