Nabi advocates the IMG-Reliance league to be a 'game-changer'

The versatile player believes that the scepticism regarding the 'IPL-style' tournament is overwrought

Syed Nabi has opened up pandora’s box by proclaiming that the tournament mooted by IMG-Reliance is destined to stay for the foreseeable future, while stating that instead of doing harm for Indian football it will actually concorde a new era.

Speaking on the sidelines of a training camp hosted by IMG-R, he elucidated to The Telegraph, “The facilities are excellent… Then we have someone like Trevor James Morgan looking after the pre-season… You cannot ask for more. Everything is taken care of. In fact, I didn’t expect such a smooth beginning.

“Look! People are crying for something new. When the IPL got going in 2008, nobody thought it would be such a big hit. And look how this has changed cricket…I expect the new league to do the same to football. It will be a game-changer,” opined Nabi, extolling the franchisee based model.

On the clubs’ qualm of the I-League getting diluted, Nabi hoped the situation would become lucid to those opposing the idea of the league, especially now that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has allowed the league to be conducted.

“Well I do not think so… Why should the clubs think I-League will be diluted… I-League has its own identity… You want me to believe Mohun Bagan and East Bengal’s importance will be diminished when the new tournament starts? Never…. I am confident the solution will be found very soon,” he stated.

Nabi, in cahoots with Subrata Paul, Gouramangi Singh and Nirmal Chettri are expected to participate in the national team’s training camp ahead of their upcoming friendly with Tajikistan on the 14th of this month. Wim Koevermans, coach of the Indian team, is expected to announce his squad this week (Monday), after which the band of IMG-R contracted players will head back to their training camp.

“The friendly assumes importance since the SAFF Championship begins in a month’s time,” Nabi concluded.


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