Kashmir apt place for developing world-class footballers: Team India Technical Dir
Srinagar, Jan 5:
On his maiden visit to Kashmir, the Technical Director of Indian National
Football Team, Isaac Doru said the environment in Kashmir was apt to develop
world-class professional footballers.
Doru spoke to The
Kashmir Monitor on the side-lines of the I-league match between Mohun Bagan and
Real Kashmir FC here.
He talked about
the prospectus of football in Kashmir vis-à-vis RKFC’s contribution in reviving
the beautiful game.
Kashmir due to
its cold factor, Doru said, can produce good clubs, which can compete with top
“This is a very
fantastic environment, which can develop football. Players can grow here. Even
it is cold in England too but it is the passion for the game that keeps players
and crowd going. Kashmir is a very nice place and I like it,” Doru said.
On RKFC’s ascent
to the top league, Doru said the team was propelled by many experienced players.
Doru said the
mantra to improve the game was train-play-train.
“RKFC needs more
competitions and games to further hone their skills and achieve greater
heights,” he said.
Doru said the
trend of having six foreigners in the squad was not a viable long-term measure.
“For a short
term, it can be a solution but it is no solution in long term and needs to
change. These decisions are to be taken at national level,” he said.
RKFC coach David
Robertson, during his post-match press conference, said Kashmir can be home to
professional football if better infrastructure was developed for the players.
for the kids and better coaching can make Kashmir a real football state,” he
10,000 spectators, Snow leopards lost to Mohun Bagan FC 2:0 on Sunday.
RKFC proved to be
a crowd-puller as spectators from many districts of Kashmir had turned to watch
Chillai-Kalan, the ecstatic spectators cheered up for both the teams for
playing a high voltage match.
“I am a football
fan and there can be no treat other than watching Real Kashmir facing Mohun
Bagan,” said Tanveer Ahmad of Bandipora.