Bhaichung Bhutia - Arrows players should be given a chance to go abroad

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The former India skipper believes that passion and culture are the most important factors as opposed to money or infrastructure…

Bhaichung Bhutia opines that the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Indian Arrows project is a well thought out project which would reap benefits for years to come.

This is the second version of the Arrows project after the first was shelved due to lack of funds.

Bhutia believes that if a player from Arrows has an opportunity to ply his trade abroad, he should be allowed to do so and should he fail in the audition, he always should have the luxury of joining the Arrows back.

Dheeraj Moirangthem’s contract expired with the AIFF on December 31st, 2017 and since then he has been training with Indian Super League (ISL) side Kerala Blasters. The goalkeeper is expected to undergo a short trial at Motherwell and a few more English clubs later this year.

“Indian Arrows is the best thing to happen to Indian football. However, if a player has the chance to go abroad like Dheeraj, then I believe they should be allowed to do it. If it does not work out for them abroad, let them come back and play for the Arrows,” said Bhutia, who was speaking at the fifth International Convention of Football Business was organised by the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry). 

He also stressed on the need to promote a football culture in the country.

“Having the passion and culture for the sports is the most important aspect. If you do not have the football culture in the country, then no matter how much money you spend or the amount of infrastructure you create, it will not make a difference at all,” he mentioned.

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