India’s FIFA ranking a reason to ‘be ashamed’
Indian football's technical director Rob Baan today said the country should be ashamed of its 168th place in FIFA rankings and work hard to plug the gaping holes in various aspects of the game.sports Updated: Oct 20, 2012 00:28 IST
Indian football's technical director Rob Baan today said the country should be ashamed of its 168th place in FIFA rankings and work hard to plug the gaping holes in various aspects of the game.
Addressing a panel discussion on ‘Mission Rank 100: Myth or Reality?’ organised by FICCI, Baan said India will have to focus on grassroot and infrastructure development if it wants to rise in FIFA rankings.
“We should be ashamed of the low rankings. A country like Iceland, which has around 60,000 population are ranked around 60 in FIFA charts and India is now at 168th. We have just 114 points and it is so much less in numbers,” said Baan in perhaps the strongest comment about Indian football after taking charge in October last year.
Bencherifa to be new mohun Bagan coach
kolkata: Moroccan Karim Bencherifa is all set to take over as Mohun Bagan’s chief football coach from November, the city giant announced Friday.
“We have held talks with Bencherifa and he has agreed to take the coaching responsibility of our club. Although formalities are yet to be finalised, he would join the club Nov 18,” assistant general secretary Srinjoy Bose told mediapersons here.
“Mridul Banerjee will be the assistant coach of the club and would start training with the players as soon as possible,” said Bose.
Bencherifa, now coach of Salgaocar football club, has a contract with the Goan outfit till May 2013. However, as per the exit clause Bencherifa will have to coach the Goan club till Nov 17th, a day ironically enough, when Salgaocar are set to play Mohun Bagan at the Salt Lake Stadium. Bencherifa, had coached Bagan previously 2008-2010, but quit the Kolkata club later
Haryana, Punjab, UP in hockey quarters
bhopal: Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Jharkhand completed the quarterfinal line-up with emphatic victories in their concluding league matches of the Hockey India senior women's national championship on Friday.
In the quarters, holders Railways will take on UP, Haryana will face Chandigarh, Odisha will play Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy will compete with Punjab. All the four matches will be played on Sunday.
First Published: Oct 20, 2012 00:25 IST