Gouramangi asks fans to tone down expectations from the ISL

The Manipuri admits to have kept his options open to ply his trade in the I-League after the maiden season of the ISL concludes...

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Gouramangi Moirangthem, one of the Indian players in IMG-Reliance's central pool believes that the Indian Super League (ISL) should be given enough time to succeed.

I think it will be wrong for people to expect too much from the ISL assuming that it will change Indian football overnight. I think it is too early to be conclusive and so let's test it. Every stakeholder would be working on how Indian football can grow and how it (ISL) can be beneficial," he mentioned to Goal.

"People say that only two or three cameras are used for the I-League telecast. In the first or second year, in terms of telecast, I think if ISL can use at least five or six cameras, I believe then there will be a lot of difference," he continued.

"There has always been a debate for many years about the I-League being played at 3 o'clock or 4 o'clock in the afternoon. If the ISL can be played at 5 or 6 o'clock in the evening, from a players' perspective if we can play when there is less heat, the quality of the game can improve."

The 28-year-old has meanwhile confirmed that he is open to playing in the I-League following his stint in the ISL.

"I am not committed to any of the [I-League] clubs at the moment, but I have a couple of offers. I have thought that my next target is to think about the ISL and then think about the I-League," he said.

Gouramangi also explained why he chose Rangdajied United FC over other clubs who were vying for his signature midway into the I-League season.

"I needed to stay fit and so I saw a couple of options. Subrata [Paul] and I went to Denmark. We learned a lot, not only on the pitch, but off the pitch as well - how things work, how things are organised and run.

"When I came back there were a couple of clubs were turning to [ISL] players. I decided to go to Rangdajied [United] because it was more of a challenge. They were at the bottom of the table.

“At the time when offers were coming through, I thought of going there (Rangdajied) instead of Mohammedan [Sporting] or Mumbai FC who at that point of time were doing pretty well and were in the mid-table,” he mentioned.

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