Selection of tried and tested team justified: Savio

Last Updated: Nov 02, 2011, 18:44 PM IST

New Delhi: Newly appointed Indian football coach Savio Medeira said that considering the lack of time for preparations, it was a wise decision on the part of the federation to go with a tried and tested team for the upcoming international friendlies against Malaysia.

A former Salgaocar coach and a longtime assistant to former coach Bob Houghton, Savio`s first assignment will be the international friendly matches against Malaysia, scheduled to be held in Guwahati and Kolkata on November 13 and 16 respectively.

"Since there was not enough time its better to stick to the same team. It takes some time for the new boys to fit in," Medeira, who has spoken to a few senior players after being elevated to the post of the chief coach, told reporters.

"When there is not enough time for the team to prepare, it`s tough challenge. I have taken it and I am confident the players will give their best," he added.

Known for his shrewd coaching skills, Medeira said it will be different working with the boys in his new role.

"It`s different being the chief coach. It`s not just the players, I will also have to work with the team management, the interaction process and all. Basically, I will need to do a bit of man-management," the Goan said.

Asked about the absence of the now-retired Bhaichung Bhutia, who has been the face of Indian football for more than a decade, Medeira said, "Bhaichung`s absence will be surely felt. He has done such a great service leading the country to various international tournaments.”

"But at the same time, it also gives a player an opportunity to fit into his shoes and prove his credentials."

PTI