Mohun Bagan finance secretary Debasish Dutta is of the opinion that a unified league emerging from the mix of I-League and the Indian Super League clubs is the future of club football in India.
“We need to have a unified league but that needs to be structured. You cannot ignore club based football but again you need a patron like FSDL to secure the future of Indian football,” national daily The Hindu has reported Dutta as saying.
“The way-forward committee will have representation from the national federation, FSDL and the clubs to effectively find a way to have a league structure that conforms to the FIFA statutes.”
Former footballer and coach Subhash Bhowmick also opined that a right balance would help nourish the Indian football ecosystem.
“Football is club-based all over the world. The sport would not grow if the club-based system is obliterated. We need a strong league in the country and in order to make it happen every unit involved in developing football, including the state associations, need to have a development plan,” AIFF senior vice-president Subrata Dutta has said.
Meanwhile, former India captain Baichung Bhutia had proposed the two Kolkata giants – Mohun Bagan and East Bengal – should be included in the ISL.