Kathmandu: Wim Koevermans was a worried man as he spoke about India’s future, with seven of the present national team players not having any contract with I-League clubs.
“I am really worried with the situation we have in India right now. It’s a threat for the national team. Two boys from disbanded Arrows (Alwyn George), five from IMG-R (Syed Rahim Nabi, Nirmal Chetri, Subrata Paul, Gouramangi Singh and Sandesh Jhingan) and one from Mumbai Tigers (N. Mohanraj) will be without clubs.
“Now, what are these boys supposed to do? Just practise? And how do I react to this situation as a national coach?” the Dutchman questioned after his team’s 0-2 defeat to Afghanistan in the SAFF Championship final.
The India coach wasn’t amused that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has, so far, failed to resolve the present scenario. “I thought that by now, AIFF would have spoken to the clubs. But what I have gathered is that the clubs are not taking these players.
“You have to understand there is a vast difference between playing club football and then coming to play international football.”
Talking about the final, Koevermans rued the missed chances.
“Look at the number of chances we created, but we simply couldn’t put the ball at the back of the net. Wish I had a magic wand by which I could make them score,” he said.
“I am very proud of the boys in the manner they played this tournament. We created chances against Pakistan and did that against Bangladesh too.”