‘No benefit if scouted footballers are not groomed properly’ says Bimal Ghosh

Sanathoi finished as the competition's top scorer with 11 goals while Samir Murmu was chosen 'Player of the Tournament' and also scored 10 goals in the tournament.

Scouting of potential young footballers is being conducted by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) in the country’s most of the competitions nowadays. 

Dronacharya Bimal Ghosh who is famous for having gifted several Indian internationals during his long coaching career with Air India has again been brought back into Indian football as one of the scouts by the AIFF. 

But Dronacharya coach feels if the young potential footballers are not called up in the national preparatory camps then Indian football will not benefit from looking forward to the future. Ghosh expressed disappointment after Manipur's Sanathoi Meetei and Samir Murmu of Services were not given the opportunity in the national under-23 team that had two preparatory matches in Malaysia against the Malaysian under-23 team. 

Both the footballers were spotted by Ghosh. Sanathoi finished as the competition's top scorer with 11 goals while Samir Murmu was chosen 'Player of the Tournament' and also scored 10 goals in the tournament. 

Speaking on the issue, Ghosh explained, "The number of goals they scored each was not the only factor. I watched both of them, playing from behind the strikers, as attacking midfielders, and from that position they were so consistent in scoring. You have to count that. Their speed, accurate passing ability, and tenacity to maintain correctness in shooting were really impressive. That is why I spotted them."

Ghosh added, "I expected they would be included in such a friendly exposure trip. I believe these young potential footballers should be called up in the senior national preparatory camps. The boys should train with the senior footballers. Otherwise, how will they be mature? If you want to build up a substitute for Sunil Chhetri, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu Sandesh Jinghan, or Subhasish Bose after the next couple of years then you must have to start grooming them from now. If that is not done then what is the gain of scouting?”

However, it is believed that the AIFF is not also sitting idle on the issue, especially after the senior national team's poor show in the Asian Cup and the World Cup Qualifier against Afghanistan. Technical committee members have reportedly been asked to talk to chief national coach Igor Stimac. 

The AIFF-appointed Technical Director Shabir Pasha might also be asked to coordination between the head of the scout and the chief national coach if needed in the future. 

The AIFF top brass also feels that there should not be any lack of communication between the scouts and the respective national coaches of all the age group teams including the coach of the senior national team. 

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