Russell Osman says ISL started rewarding Indian Football

Russell Osman says ISL started rewarding Indian Football

Former English defender Russell Osman is very optimistic about the future of the Indian Super League (ISL). After ISL been promoted to World League Forum (WLF), Russell Osman told IANS.

Russell Osman says ISL started rewarding Indian Football

“When the ISL started in 2014, everybody was hoping it would keep improving every year and the AFC would take notice and start rewarding Indian football for what it is trying to achieve. That has to be backed by the quality of the clubs themselves,” Russell Osman told IANS.

Russell Osman says all the ISL entity trying to push the business forward

“I think all the stakeholders, eight clubs originally and now the ten clubs, they all deserve to give themselves a pat on the back. Mrs. Nita Ambani, obviously the chairperson of FSDL, Martin Bain, they are all trying to push the business forward as much as they can.”

Russell Osman says they are scratching the surface but they will collect more supporters in future

“They appear to have worked quite well together. It is an ongoing thing. It is still the ten teams we have in the league and India is a massive country. To be fair, we are just scratching the surface. I believe, year-on-year, we will carry on collecting more supporters.”

Russell Osman says the quality of coaching in ISL improving day by day

“The quality of coaching they are getting will always keep improving now because coaches can learn online and the number of coaches have gone up as well. So, they will improve and this will improve the kids as well. It has all the ingredients to make a very good meal.”

Russell Osman says Indian players need to set up to the European mark

“Indian players will also have to step up to the mark. Now, that the foreigner rule has been relaxed, they have to earn their places. Four foreign players in the team can’t carry the team in every game. Majority of them would be Indian players and they will have to raise the standards to a very high level,” Russell Osman concluded.

Tarak Roy

A Football Lover

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