FOOTBALL- Newly appointed Indian men’s football team coach Igor Stimac believes India’s two parallel top-division leagues- Indian Super League (ISL) and I-League – need a proper system to co-exist and function.
In his first press conference since being appointed head coach, Stimac rightly pointed out that, “ISL is privatised and whoever is investing there expects to gain something, which is only normal. I-League, on the other hand, has been there for a number of years and has something that ISL can't buy - tradition.
"We have to find ways to help I-League clubs speed up in terms of functioning and also bring some tradition to ISL that is currently nowhere to be seen.”
Stimac said he is currently accessing the physical wellbeing of all the team players and will decide on a final team for the Kings Cup by early June.
Stimac also said India’s most experienced player Sunil Chhetri will have to fight for his place in the national squad along with other experienced players like Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (goalkeeper) and Sandesh Jhingan (defender).