AIFF mulling over speaking to ISL franchisees for Asian Games

The Indian FA would need the franchisees to release the U-23 players for the Asian Games camp…

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) are to finalise their plans for the Asian Games next week in the presence of national coach Wim Koevermans, technical director Robert Baan and director of coach education Scott O’Donnell.

The Asian Games scheduled for September 19 to October 4 this year and it is given to understand that Koevermans wishes to have a camp in Bangalore from July onwards, following which they would travel to Spain to play a few practice matches.

Thereafter, they shall return to Bangalore and prior to the kick-off of the Asian Games, opt to play final set of practice matches in China or South Korea.

The technical committee of the AIFF has been asked to give their opinion on the above mentioned plan by the end of this week.

With the Indian Super League (ISL) set to kick-off in September, it is likely that the best U-23 and three senior players in the country would miss the first month of the new league.

“We will have to discuss with the franchisees about our plans for the Asian Games. But right now, it’s too early as we need to finalise our plans first,” informed a senior AIFF official.

“We have the right to call the players for the national duty. Also, we have to wait as the franchisees too will work on their plans to recruit Indian players,” he added.

Meanwhile, it is reliably learnt that the AIFF shall appoint O'Donnell as the assistant coach of Koevermans for the Asian Games assignment. Should the India senior team decide to play an international friendly in September, Koevermans could call for a ten day camp in Bangalore which shall the involvement of assistant and goalkeeper coach, Savio Madeira and Marcus Pacheto. The decision on the same will be taken next week.