Calcutta: Sourin Dutta, the Railway FC coach, is one brave man.
While most of the Indian football teams treat their foreign recruits as priceless gems, Sourin displayed exemplary courage in dropping Ifeyani Ike and Orok Essien from the playing XI on disciplinary grounds.
Both the foreigners were initially on the players’ list. But they reported to the ground late and were promptly struck off the list by Sourin.
“Foreigner or Indian, discipline comes first in my team. They reported to the ground late and so I dropped them. I’m not saying that they were deliberately late… They came by train and so may have faced some problem. But a rule is a rule,” Sourin said after the match, on Sunday.
While Sourin was pleased with the goalless draw, his counterpart, United SC’s Eelco Schatorrie, revealed that he is least bothered with the result.
“I-League is our main aim… CFL serves as a preparation for that. I really don’t bother whether we win, lose or draw in a CFL match,” the Dutchman said.
Strangely, Eelco wasn't even aware that only two foreigners are allowed on the field in the CFL. "I came to know about that rule only a couple of days back. I was planning with three foreigners in mind… So we had a bit of a problem," Eelco.