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AIFF to scout for tall, stronger players

sports Updated: Jan 14, 2009 16:08 IST

All India Football Federation (AIFF) will prefer stronger and taller footballers to make the world feel its presence at international level.

Talking to newsmen in Jamshedpur at JRD Tata Sports complex last evening, Colin Joseph Toal, the technical director of AIFF, said India has good potential in football and performance of the players was satisfactory as far as skill was concened but they lacked the physique.

"India has quality players and is technically good enough but lacked physique including the height as compared to their counterparts outside the country", said Toal, who was here to take part in the 3rd AIFF under-13 football festival commencing from Thursday.

Appreciating the performance of the Indian team, Toal said though Indian team comprised of good quality players but they were severely crippled by size including height and build as compared to football playing nations, a disadvantage for the team despite it comprising of quality footballers.

"Hence, we are focussing on talented footballers with good height and strong physique," the UK-based Toal said adding that Indian football team required about 30 to 40 per cent such players for certain positions like in the defence line-up and in the upfront.

"Positive", pat came the reply when asked about his experience about Indian football during his over two-year tenure.

However, Toal was strongly against comparing India with other football playing nations.

"Competition is great in football compared to cricket really as football is being played in over 180 countries whereas cricket is popular among eight/nine nations", Toal observed expressing satisfaction that India has made good progress improving its postion from 180 to 140 in the world during the last few years.