Zico reiterates support for more Indian players in ISL
Kolkata Oct 15 (IANS) Brazilian legend and FC Goa head coach Zico on Saturday said that there is still a lot of room for improvement as far as Indian football and the footballers are concerned.
Attending the pre-match press conference ahead of their tie against Atletico de Kolkata here, the 63-year old said, “There are more foreigners than Indians which is not helpful. There hasn’t been a lot of improvement in these three years. Indian players need to be more in the starting XI.”
Zico said the performances of the Indian national team hasn’t been great in the last three years so the impact of the Indian Super League (ISL) is yet to be witnessed.
“See the national team’s performance in these years. There hasn’t been much improvement.
“Overall there is still a long way to go. We do have good talents coming from ISL but I feel Indian players need to play in key positions. Now striker, midfielder places are occupied by foreign players,” he said.
India, in contrast, have won nine out of their 11 matches this year which has been a sharp departure from their poor string of results last year in the World Cup qualifiers.
Zico also called for a longer ISL which he said would be better for Indian football.
“A longer league will certainly be better,” the Brazilian legend said.
Goa have lost three matches in a row, a first for last season’s finalists. Zico though refused to read too much into their early form saying ‘nothing is lost yet.’
“If we win two games we will be at par with ATK. So nothing is lost yet. In this tournament it does not matter if you finish first or fourth. What matters is making the play-offs.
“We are focussed on that. ATK are a nice side and we will do our best to neutralise their power,” he remarrked.
Zico confirmed that there are no injury concerns at present for his team.
Yuvraj Singh Hilariously Trolls Ravi Shastri On His Tweet On 2011 World Cup Anniversary
Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh showed his witty side on Twitter on Thursday when he left everyone in splits by trolling Indian head coach Ravi Shastri. On April 02, 2011, Team India won the World Cup after 28 years. On Thursday, it was the ninth…
Kevin Pietersen Shares Anushka Sharma’s Bossy Comment During The Live Stream With Virat Kohli
The former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen is entertaining fans with his Instagram live chat with the Indian cricketers. On Thursday (2nd April), former cricketer chatted with the Indian captain Virat Kohli. Well, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma interrupted them and asked Kohli to end the conversation….