With the I-League clubs not showing their willingness to associate themselves with any player aligned with the IMG-Reliance’s two-and-a-half month tournament, several national team players could suffer as a direct consequence given the dearth of competitive action.
And with national coach Wim Koevermans calling for the problems between the I-League clubs and the marketing and commercial partners of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to end, Syed Rahim Nabi is hopeful that he and his team-mates at IMG-Reliance, would soon avail a chance to play in the country’s top division league.
“I believe the issues between IMG-Reliance and I-League clubs will be resolved soon and we will be able to play in the I-League this season. I have already had several offers from clubs, but I have not decided anything. I will go back to Kolkata after the SAFF Cup and only then will I decide. As of now, I hope both parties resolve their differences,” he told The New Indian Express.
Nabi was left out of the squad for the friendly against Tajikistan earlier this month which raised questions over his fitness.
“There were a lot of reports questioning my fitness levels when I was left out of the team for the Tajikistan game. But it was a misunderstanding that the media had,” he responded.
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