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Revive the Kerala State League, says Jo Paul Ancheri

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Jo Paul Ancheri

GUWAHATI: Former India captain Jo Paul Ancheri feels his native state, Kerala, is losing its pre-eminent status in the country's football hierarchy owing to the absence of a proper state league.

Having returned to his roots for a coaching assignment with the Kochi team Eagles FC, Ancheri was here scouting talents for his new team during the Santosh Trophy.

“Most of the players in the state are drawn into the popular seven-a-side tournaments and lose their sight from the regular format of the game,” Ancheri told The Hindu.

“It is high time that the state association had drawn up a plan to revive the state league, which is virtually non-existent,” he added.

Ancheri, who ended a coaching stint with the Mohun Bagan academy, said that the lack of professionalism is hurting the prospect of the game in the state.

Talent blocked

Ancheri, hailed as one of the best attacking midfielders in the country, felt that the native talents in the country are eclipsed by teams' over dependence on foreigners in the country's premier club tournament — I-League.

“It will be wise to embargo the recruitment of foreigners in the I-League for a period of five to six years to allow the Indian players to grow,” he said.

“Only a handful of foreigners are blocking the prospects of the indigenous talents,” he added.

The player said he has gone back to his home state, where he is also working with the state Health Department, to give time to his fledgling coaching career.

“I would like to gradually grow as a coach.

“I would first like to complete my learning process and gain the required coaching licences and will then plan my next move,” said Ancheri, who has already acquired an AFC ‘B' coaching licence.

“I had an offer to assist Colin Toal (in charge of Indian under-19 team), but refused the offer as I was not prepared for that big stage,” he said.

Asked about the challenges of coaching, Ancheri said it was the duty of the coach to give something new to the players.

“The players do not like monotonous training methods and as a coach I like to keep altering my techniques to bring out something fresh for them,” he said.

He felt that for the game to grow the club officials need to play a supportive role.

“The club officials should stop being negative and play a more supportive towards both the coaches and the players.”

Ancheri was critical about the way the officials go about blaming the coaches and the players when the team fails.

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