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The Dutchman believes that while the talent is very much in abundance in India, it needs to be groomed and organized…

Wim Koevermans stated that master plan for the development of Indian football prepared by Rob Baan, the technical director for India, needs to put into practice, if the country hopes to tap its potential.

On being questioned as to why a country of more than 1.2 billion couldn’t put together a top team, Koevermans highlighted the importance of Baan’s strategy for India to reach the 2022 World Cup.

“We have a new technical director (Rob Baan) who has a beautiful master plan, a great plan. But it needs to be implemented in India,” said the 52 year old.

“It is a huge country so that in itself can be a problem because you have to organize. But we have so many different football associations in our states and that’s where it has to start from. Everybody wants to improve, we know how we have to improve but it needs to be done. So there is a great plan ready,” he explained.

Koevermans added that there is no dearth of talent in Indian kids and that the country’s national league boasts of good players. However he mentioned that in the years to come, the setup needs to be far more organized than the current state of affairs.

“As you (the reporter) said, there are 1.2 billion people. I see a lot of talent in India. Also in our I-League, I see a lot of good players. That encourages me a lot. But for the long term, it needs to be organized in a different way, and that is going to happen,” he said.

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