Stephen Constantine, the chief national coach of Indian football team, is eyeing on the country’s promising and potential young footballers to start his preparation for the SAFF football championship, scheduled to be held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala from December 23 to January 4.
The British coach who seems to have taken a lesson from senior Indian football team’s disastrous show in the World Cup qualifiers said, “Time has already come to spot potential footballers and groom them for the future of Indian football. And with that mission, my aim will be to call up quality young footballers who have been consistent in their domestic football championships this season.”
Going by his plans, Stephen has decided to call up three potential young footballers from Bengal who had excellent performance in the Kolkata Premier football League last season. They are Koushik Sarkar from Sports Authority of India (East Zone), Arjun Tudu and P. Jain from Army Eleven. Koushik Sarkar, who is a defender, was consistent in Kolkata Premier League last season and earned man-of-the-match awards thrice. While, Arjun Tudu and P. Jain who have already been offered by East Bengal to don its shirts in the next season, had also impressive show in the Kolkata Premier League last season.
Stephen, commenting on these three footballers, quipped, “I have seen all the three footballers, playing in the Kolkata Premier League. All of them are highly talented. Now they need to earn experience by participating in the big championships. So, I have decided to call up them among the 28-member probables’ which is likely to begin next week.”