Pailan Arrows’ better showing this year boils down to the excellent work done by the team’s coach Arthur Papas. The Australian coach had earlier said that he would be leaving the All India Football Federation (AIFF) developmental side at the end of the season. However now the Indian FA has realized what they would be losing out on if they do not attempt to keep Papas in India.
The federation has offered Papas the roles of India’s U-17, Under-19 and Under-22 and also would be assisting Technical Director Rob Baan implement youth development programmes at I-League clubs as part of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Licensing Criteria. The former Newcastle Jets assistant coach is rumoured to be on the wish list of at least four I-League clubs, two of which are from Goa. One of these clubs is believed to have given the Australian a definite offer to which he will have to revert to soon.
“There is a strong possibility that Papas could become the national coach for all our age group teams, based in Goa,” AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das told The Telegraph on Wednesday. “He does not want to continue with Arrows anymore. Therefore, we have decided to offer him a bigger role,” he added.
Papas is considered one of the finest foreign coaches in the country at the moment and impressed with his work for the India Under-23 team.
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