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The vice-president of the Indian FA believes that the launch of the new league would usher in more professionalism in the sport…

Larsing Ming stated that the Indian Super League (ISL) and I-League must go hand-in-hand to take Indian football to reach greater heights.

Ming, who owns Shillong Lajong, a club plying its trade in the I-League is also the co-owner of the Guwahati franchisee in the ISL.

“Our aim is to take football to the next level in northeast. That will help in the overall development of the sport in India

“Definitely, the football scene in India will become more competitive, the ISL will help in developing infrastructure, and I think both ISL and I-League should complement each other to go to the next level,” he said.

He mentioned that clubs in the I-League would have no choice but to improve their approach if they have to stay competitive with bigger players coming in the market.

“ISL will allow the AIFF to create a healthy ecosystem. The old clubs now can't just make team for the heck of it and take things for granted. It will also bring in more professionalism.”

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