Saturday, April 29, 2006

Veteran Indian coach objects to sitting for exam

Current Mohammedan Sporting FC coach Subhas Bhowmick plans to write to the Asian Football Confederation protesting against a proposal that all coaches in India's National Football League must have AFC coaching certification in future. According to the Telegraph (India) the All India Football Federation "is likely to implement" AFC general secretary Peter Velappan's suggestion that coaches should secure an AFC license before taking up a job at the club or state level "from the 2007-08 season".

“This is simply unfair and I’m going to write to the AFC about it. Given my success at the club level in a short span of three years, it would be unfair to ask me to obtain an AFC ‘C’ license”, Bhowmick said. “In three years as East Bengal coach, I won the NFL twice and once finished third. Even if you forget about the series of titles I won in this period, it would be difficult for others to repeat my success in the ASEAN Cup in Jakarta. After all these achievements, if you ask me to sit for a coaching examination, I have nothing to say”.

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