keen on TFA boys
January 13, 1998
MARGAO, January 13: FC Kochin general secretary and team manager Babu
Mather warns, ``The real FC Kochin will be seen only after 2000 AD.'' If
the grapewine is anything to go by, Mather's statement is quite significant.
It has been reliably learnt that Tata Football Academy (TFA) stars
-- Sanjeeb Shaikh, Mahesh Gawali, Noel Wilson and Roque Baretto -- are
high on the recruitment list of India's first ever professional soccer
If that doesn't cause Kochin's NFL rivals the jitterbugs, Mather's
revelation that the Kerala club wishes to rope in as many leading youngsters
as possible, especially from the West and South, could well send the other
sides on frantic shopping trips.
If Kochin go for TFA material wholesale, a lot could well be initiated
by technical director Scotsman George Blues' admiration for the youngsters.Blues
said, ``Your TFA lads are skillful and must be retained as a unit as long
as possible. They must form the nucleus of your future national sides.''Once
out of the Academy, TFA players make or break their careers, depending
on how lucky they are. Many have known to lose their way before fading
out. Kochin's plans may be godsend in this respect.
According to Mather, FC Kochin are intent on harnessing such talent,
even if it entails furthering their academic careers.
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