Need to explore NZ footballers inbuilt stamina: Dr Biru Mal

Rajesh Dhar

Young footballers in action during a camp at GGM Science College football ground in Jammu on Saturday.  —Excelsior/Rakesh
Young footballers in action during a camp at GGM Science College football ground in Jammu on Saturday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

JAMMU, Nov 28: There is a dire need to promote football and allied games in the northern part of the country as the footballers from North Zone (NZ) have an inbuilt stamina. And there is every possibility of getting an international stuff if the skill of the players having inbuilt stamina is honed properly.
This was stated by Dr Biru Mal, former chief coach National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, who also happens to be the Director Project of Sports Authority of India (SAI) in a freewheeling chat with EXCELSIOR Sports Correspondent at GGM Science College, here today.
He said that he is in the City of Temples with an assignment to observe budding footballers in Jammu, who are in a camp organized to pick the probables for Under-17 Football World Cup to be hosted by India in 2017, adding that it is a great initiative for promotion of soccer in the country, keeping in view the fact that North Zone was not given much attention so far.
Dr Biru Mal said that the process of holding long duration camps in different parts of the Country is the best way to find the real football talent in the Country before the prestigious football event, adding that these camps are being organized under the aegis of All India Football Federation in collaboration with Sports Authority of India, which has resources, coaches and centres at its disposal.
Former chief coach, who also has the distinction of promoting football talent in Bangladesh, said that the Sports Authority of India will establish two football academies in different regions of the Country by January 2016, which will serve the cause of providing proper training to the selected probables and help the Federation to select the best possible team by comprehensive coaching and training.
Welcoming the maximum participation of young footballers in the camps, former chief football coach said that it is delight to witness more and more participation in such camps, adding that this exercise will surely filter raw from the talent.
He said that All India Football Federation and Sports Authority of India in association with Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (JKFA) held camps in this and the other region of the State, under the supervision of expert coaches in order to pick the best probables after rigorous training.
The camp in Jammu is being held under the overall supervision of R K Kohli, treasurer JKFA and chairman District Football Association (DFA) Adhoc Committee and under the expertise of football coaches Rajesh Sumbria, JK Bank Academy coach Moon Stephen and Prem Singh.

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