IMG-Reliance has begun laying the foundation to ensure that the players, who signed up for the newly proposed league next year, aren’t left out in the cold to freeze in terms of fitness. They hope to get the players ready for next season though the choices for a training ground and coach are still undecided upon though, they have planned out and initiated the necessary steps to start training sessions in Mumbai sometime this week, according to a Times of India report.
The 37-odd strong contingent who signed up for the new league have begun training on their own to ensure the demands of a chastening season ahead.
Speculation is rife that the venue chosen for the training sessions will be Cooperage or DY Patil stadium in Mumbai. The formers availability will be an issue as a host of I-League clubs have stuck their claim to play their matches there.
With the subject of a coach even less clear, talks of a Dutch coach entering the scene seem to be circulating in the hallways of IMG-Reliance.
This is a bit of damage control by the marketing partners of the Indian FA, since they hoped that I-League clubs would be willing to play host to these players and participate in helping them improve their fitness. However, the plan backfired with all I-League clubs rejecting the notion of including the players in the training sessions for preseason too.
Gouramangi Moirangthem, Syed Rahim Nabi, Subrata Paul and Sandesh Jhingan are players who are expected to be called up for the national teams friendly against Tajikistan will be released for national camp.