FOOTBALL- Former Indian football team captain Bhaichung Bhutia has asked all stakeholders to drop their ego and work together to resolve the stalemate that has plagued Indian football.
As of now, I-League and Indian Super League are fighting to be given the status of top Indian football league and neither is ready to back down from its claim.
I-League officials on Wednesday met All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel to reach a consensus but he said AIFF would need two more years to resolve the matter.
Speaking at Football Players Association, Bhutia said, “I think the biggest challenge right now is to keep the egos down. It has to be give and take. Everything can't be the way you want. It has to be a bit of sacrifice for all the parties (I-League, ISL and AIFF), keeping your egos down, looking at the betterment of Indian football.”
“The structure of Indian football, sooner it gets settled, the better. Till the time you don't get your structure this is going to go on happening. Federation's biggest challenge with ISL and I-League is to get the structure right."
Bhutia, 47, further asked for the inclusion of Kolkata's two heavyweights - Mohun Bagan and East Bengal into I-League.