The former Iranian forward believes the visceral change in the attitude towards football and its development will provide opportunities for players to excel...
Jamshid Nassiri, the former Iranian international striker, is no stranger to Indian football having been part of the Indian football family, representing clubs such as East Bengal and Mohammedan SC and more recently as coach of Mohammedan Sporting in 2003.
Now, the former forward has heaped praise on the idea of the Indian Super League (ISL), conceptualised by IMG-Reliance and believes the new format will foster the development of the beautiful game throughout the country on an even larger supporter base.
“There is a tremendous change in Indian football right from the infrastructure involvement movement of big corporates, marketing of the game and moreover the opportunities provided to players to grow which lacked in our time.
“The ISL has excited everyone and generate interest amongst the youngsters and this interest is what will help football grow manifold,” exclaimed the 55 year-old, who has also represented Iran at the 1977 FIFA World Youth Championships in Tunisia to The Herald.
The 55 year old is currently in the state of Goa, scouting talent for schools and colleges in the IFB Boca Football Champs Football tournament, which is being conducted under the tutelage of coaches from the famed Argentine club Club Atletico Boca Juniors. The one week training camp is being conducted for 30 shortlisted candidates from all over the country.
“We are looking at talented players will have the mindset and determination to compete at the highest standards. So they must have a good vision of the game and be prepared both mentally and physically as well,” he elucidated.