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The Dempo SC coach, slams the Prayag United official for his comments on an article on Goal.com, debating over the usefulness of foreign coaches in India…

Armando Colaco has rubbished Prayag United official Nabab Bhattacharya’s opinion that Karim Bencherifa’s achievements are better than that of the Dempo SC coach.

Nabab Bhattacharya had aired his views on the debate over the impact of foreign coaches in an article on Goal.com, in which he had commented that foreign coaches are far more advanced tactically than the Indians. He had gone on to compare the achievements of Colaco to that of Bencherifa, in a bid to further prove his point.

The Dempo SC coach pulled no punches as he stated, “Due to the match against Prayag, I could not visit the website and read the article. But now, after having read the article I cannot help but roll my eyes in bewilderment over the reaction of the Prayag official.”

“In my entire career I have never spoken against any coaches or how good or how bad they are. I have always spoken about Dempo and its legacy. I will not tolerate if somebody is making unjust remarks over our team and my coaching career,” added the veteran coach, without naming Bhattacharya.

Colaco went on to punch holes into the Prayag United official’s comments and said, “Firstly, he should get his facts corrected. I have only been with Dempo SC for 12 years. Under my coaching, Dempo SC has won the National Football League twice; I-League thrice and ended up as runners-up on a couple of occasions. Our team had reached the Semi-Finals of the AFC Cup, Asia’s second most important club competition, a feat which no other Indian club has ever achieved.”

“We have participated in the AFC Cup on 5 occasions, and have also played AFC Champions League play-off three times. I had the honour of being the National coach of Indian football team and also a nominee for the Dronacharya award, the highest coaching award given by the Government of India.”

“With all these in fewer than 12 years, I don’t think I need to justify my achievements. They are there for everyone to see. I do not want to fall into the debate whether foreign coaches are good or the Indian ones, but nobody has a right to drag me into this conversation disrespectfully,” said the Goan.

The Goan went on to question Nabab Bhattacharya’s credentials, to make such a comment. The Dempo SC coach opined, “It is unfair of him to comment upon me like this. As a coach, I have always said that I am still a student of football. I constantly aspire to learn about new techniques of coaching and with such remarks coming from a person who does not even have credentials of legends like a Chunni Goswami or P.K Banerjee, I would just advise him to refrain from saying such things in the future.”

Wading into the debate over foreign coaches in India, Colaco gave his opinion on the topic and revealed, “I believe coaching is an individual philosophy. You can have a lot of coaches, but what you need is a voice that can help the players accomplish their tasks by overcoming their fears. It doesn’t matter if there is a foreign coach or an Indian one. With good coaching, proper motivation and a strong support from the club management you can achieve a lot, just like us at Dempo Sports Club.”

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