BY ANSELM NORONHA Follow @apnoronha on twitter
India coach Wim Koevermans had opted to leave out players contracted to play in the Indian Super League (ISL) when he named his squad for the international friendlies against Philippines and Nepal in November 2013 and did the same when the Blue Tigers last played against Bangladesh in March this year.
Gouramangi Moirangthem reflected on what was an unusual season as there was a lot of confusion all throughout over what the position of every stakeholder in Indian football was.
"When the I-League [2012/13] season was about to an end when I was at Prayag United SC (now United SC), the offers were coming in and at that time we couldn't foresee what was going to happen. We tried to understand by having long chats with IMG-Reliance, but unfortunately it didn't work out as the [Indian] Super League got postponed.
"It was a bit of a unusual season to start with because there was a bit of confusion between the stake holders. There were times when the [I-League] clubs said that they were not going to associate with the players who have decided to be a part of the ISL," the defender explained to Goal.
The Manipuri signed on-loan for Rangdajied United FC on 20 November 2013 along with Subrata Paul, Sandesh Jhingan, Manandeep Singh and Tomba Singh in order to get some competitive football action.
"When I signed [with IMG-Reliance] I was very optimistic that I would not be out of any competition. ISL had come up with a very good dimension.
"We tried our best to keep ourselves fit and it was the first time in seven or eight years that I have been part of the [India] senior team that I was not available for [the Indian national team] selection," he continued.
"Obviously, for a player who has not been part of any competitive tournament, it's going to be difficult for any national team coach to consider him for selection."
Gouramangi however vowed to fight for his place in the national team by performing well in the inaugural edition of the ISL.
"Being in the national set-up from the age of 14 and 15, I would like to comeback and fight for my place. I don't want to think too far and concentrate on what is coming up in the next few months starting with the ISL," he said.
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