Bengaluru, Sep 10: Mohammed Habib, the superstar of seventies in Indian football, feels the standard of the administrators in Indian football has declined a lot compared to their time.
He further stated this has played a key role behind the overall mess in the country’s football in the present decade. [Full schedule of ISL 2016]
Habib, when informed about two former Indian international footballers Bhaskar Ganguly and Manoranjan Bhattacharya’s move to the court against All India Football Federation (AIFF), said, “In our time, even the football administrators were more generous and used to pay importance to footballers’ effort, hard work and contribution to the game.
"The officials of those days never forgot that the administrators have no existence without the presence of footballers.”
The lethal striker who was famous for his daring attitude looked also little bit upset when the issue of Indian Super League was raised.
Habib explained saying, “There is no doubt that only due to ISL Indian footballers who have been participating in the League, are getting the taste of best infrastructure and foreign exposure system.
"But my question is that is AIFF trying to learn from this? If the administrators take lesson from ISL then they also must think of creating similar infrastructure for all the age group national football teams, starting from seniors to the under-16 national team.
"But I have doubt whether national teams are given the similar infrastructural facility and foreign exposure on a regular basis.”
But this apart, according to the Arjuna awardee, ISL is not helping to improve the standard of Indian football.
He said, “The franchise owned league could have helped Indian football to uplift its standard if the League could be prolonged for at least seven to ten months.
"From a coach like Zico you can improve your basics a lot. But you need time to learn and master it. It cannot be possible for any footballer within only three months.”