Former Ghana coach Avram Grant feels the Indian footballers often fall behind when it comes to the basics of the game because there are no ‘’good academies’’ in the country.
Grant, who is presently managing NorthEast United FC, says given a chance he would like to force the owners of Indians topflight teams to have good academies, which will have quality coaches and top class training facilities.
“I have seen a lot of good potentials here. A lot of players who have the skill and the quickness to make it big but what has hit be time and again are the lack of academies. It is because we need to teach a lot of things to the players, which the academies generally do,” Grant said while reflecting his team’s performance in the current season.
“Talking about my experience with NorthEast United, I found the people and the players fantastic. They are nice people always willing to learn and I am convinced that there are a lot of talent here in India, much better that what I had thought before arriving here.
“But this not the place where we should be teaching the basics, it is the work of the academies. Sometimes even a senior player needs to be educated about some basic aspect of the game,” Grant stressed.
“This is the reason why I think the League should have continued with the six foreigner system because it will be beneficial for the competition and good for the Indian players who will be able see and learn new things. The presence of good foreigners provides examples for others.
“Given a chance I will try to force the owners to build a good academy, at least for the 16-year-old players to start with,” Grant said when asked about his assessment of the tournament.
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