Bhaichng Bhutia, after being appointed as the technical adviser of senior Indian national team last week, said Indian football will not move even an inch ahead if potential footballers are not scouted and groomed for the future.
The ace Indian striker and former senior national captain, speaking exclusively on Saturday evening, clarified his commented by stating, “It is unfortunate to watch that senior Indian team still has not yet found a replacement of Sunil Chettri. The reason is simple, the hunt and scout for bringing up quality footballers have not been explored properly so far.”
Bhaichung at the same time also informed he does not want to blame chief national coach Stephen Constantine only for the disaster of senior national team in the Russia World Cup qualifiers where Indian team conceded all its five group league matches.
The newly appointed technical advisor explained, “Yes, we have been completely failure in the World Cup qualifiers. But why should I blame Stephen only? The root of this failure is in more deep. We have to search for the root.”
Bhaichung revealed his key job now, as the national team’s newly appointed technical adviser will be to build up a scouting team which will be scouting and recommending the All India Football federation to groom those potential footballers for the senior national team in the future.
Bhaichung remarked, “There are a plenty of talented footballers around the corners of country’s North-East area. I want to roam around the places and construct a report on the prospective footballers from this area and recommend the AIFF top brass about establishing academies as well as recommend them to spot number of quality young footballers from the North-East area. The whole Europe has been moving through this process for last 100 years. Even, the countries like Oman and Iran have also been following the European countries to improve the standard of their respective national teams.”
However, Bhaichung wants to inspire the members of current senior Indian team before their two remaining matches in the World Cup qualifiers at home against Guam and Turkmenistan by giving the message that, the players now should motivate themselves looking towards there qualification for Asian Championship in 2019.