Striker optimistic for Indian football’s future
India’s star striker Sunil Chetri belives the new additional leagues proposed for the Country by the AIFF and IMR- Reliance, will do nothing but good for Indian football.
The Bengaluru frontman also wants the club to sort out their differences with the AIFF”s commercial partner.
Speaking to the Times of India, he said: “There is no risk in joining but nobody is sure what is going to happen. I met a lot of IMG-Reliance officials and I am impressed with their vision.
“I am sure a good thing will happen soon. I just want everybody to calm down and wait with patience. All’s well that ends well.
“I feel the clubs also want to exploit the situation to elevate the standard of the game. I do believe that the AIFF and IMG-Reliance are there to do good for the sport.”
There is an additional stumbling block at the moment for the future of Indian football, the fact that each I-league club, excepting newcomers Bengaluru FC and Mumbai Tigers, all failed the AIFF licensing tests, a process which was only began for the first time in January.
This means that if they are not granted exemption, they will not be able to play in this seasons’ I-League.