Bhaichung Bhutia feels 3 leagues will develop Indian football

Written by: Sujata Sarkar
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Bengaluru, Sep 6: Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia feels that the 3 football leagues, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is planning to introduce in near future, will actually help Indian football improve and develop.

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The former Indian striker, who is also the present chairman of technical committee in AIFF, also feels the competitiveness by introducing these three leagues can increase.

Bhaichung Bhutia has backed AIFF's 3-league concept

Bhaichung recently said, "So far I know, plans have been made to run all the 3 leagues for around 7 months. And, I personally feel that the Federation has taken positive step by thinking in this way. With 3 football leagues being introduced, more footballers will be seen in action. There must be a system of relegation and promotion for the teams. So, overall the league should be more competitive. And another important aspect of launching three football leagues is that the footballers will be able to earn."

According to plans so far, the champion team in the League One could be eligible for the Indian Super League (ISL). (Full schedule of ISL)

Although, every plan is in the pipeline as the AIFF top brass has been busy in discussing with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for its nod over the format, Bhaichung, the former Indian skipper also feels that AIFF is trying to move in a proper direction so far football development is concerned.

But at the same time the 39-year-old also feels the country’s premier clubs should take some responsibility in this process.

He remarked saying, "The All India Football Federation is trying its best. But at the same time, the country’s premier clubs should get involved in the process."

According to Bhaichung, the key hindrances to the improvement of the Indian football’s standard is lack of proper scouting of talented footballers and groom them for the senior squad for the future. Along with Federation, the clubs and the state associations will also have to get involved in the same activities to scout and nurture them for the senior team in future. Then only you will get quality footballers.”

Bhichung however had great appreciation for the Indian seniors who trounced Puerto Rico 4-1 in the recently held FIFA international friendly in Mumbai.

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