Armando wants his national players for AFC Cup
Coach of newly crowned I-League champions, Armando Colaco said he would write to the AIFF to allow his side`s players selected for the preparations of 2011 Asian Cup to take part in the next season`s AFC Cup.
Panaji: Coach of newly crowned I-League
champions, Armando Colaco said he would write to the
AIFF to allow his side`s players selected for the preparations
of 2011 Asian Cup to take part in the next season`s AFC Cup.
Colaco said Dempo, who will be one of the two Indian
teams to take part in the AFC Cup next season, want to do well
in the AFC Cup and for that he needs the seven players from
his side who would be in the national camp from June to
January next year.
"We have gained experience in AFC Cup by playing for some
time and we are the only Indian team to reach semifinals of
AFC Cup. Now that we have qualified again after winning the
I-League we will concentrate ourselves to win the AFC cup,"
"But with AIFF saying that all players selected for the
Indian team for the 2011 Asian cup will be not allowed to play
for their resepective clubs in any tournament for eight
months, this will hinder our prospect in AFC Cup as we have
seven of our players in the national team. This is absolutely
ridiculous," he said.
"Nowhere in the world national team is kept together for
such a long period, even the players playing their respective
country for the coming world cup are still playing for their
clubs team," Colaco said.
"I will write to AIFF to allow our players to play for
the AFC Cup and the Federation Cup in the coming season after
consulting our chairman Srinivas Dempo," he added.
Colaco was also not happy with the AIFF for allowing only
two foreign players and one Asian to play in the I-League in
the coming season instead of three foreigners and one each of
Asian and Person of Indian origin.
"This will affect to the planning of the clubs for the
coming season as some of the clubs have already committed to
signing of foreign players as per the existing rule. It will
also hurt our prospect in AFC Cup," Coalco said.
Colaco attributed his side`s I-League triumph to a
collective effort, despite facing injury problems and playing
with only two foreigners.
"The loss against Mahindra United and later against Viva
Kerala and Salgaocar had shattered our confidence. But I
motivated my boys to believe in themselves and remain
"They responded splendidly defeating Mohun Bagan and East
Bengal in their own den which have been the turning point as
that put us on course to winning the title by winning six
matches on the trot," he said.
When asked if he would accept an offer to coach the
national side, Colaco said, "Many in AIFF has doubted my
ability to coach the national team, but now that I have
created history by winning the national title for the fourth
time in six years for Dempo it has answered to my critics."