Another shocking news for Indian football as it slipped five places to 172nd in the latest chart, the second lowest ever, and courtesy two back-to-back losses. India lost six ranking points after their defeat at the hands of Turkmenistan and Oman in their 2018 World Cup qualifiers last month and they now have 122 points. The Indian team, which had their lowest ranking of 173rd in March, is now ranked 33rd among Asian Football Confederation countries.
In the last 25yrs from 1990 to 2015 a number of foreign coaches were in charge of Indian national team. They are namely Josef Gelei (Hungary), 1991 Jiri Pesek (Czech Republic), 1994
Rustam Akhramov (Uzbekistan), 1996 Stephen Constantine (England), 2003 Bob Houghton (England), 2006 Wim Kovermans (Netherlands) 2010 Stephen Constantine again 2014.
Yet, India has only managed an average FIFA ranking of 133 (it is 172 now) and it has had a downward trend. No disrespect to any foreign coaches, but their tenure is limited, bringing them is extremely expensive for the administrative system and it is virtually impossible for a non-Indian to be able to streamline a system for a country as vast as India in a short span of 2-3 years.
In the recent time Smt Nita Ambani founder Chairperson Football Sports Development(Reliance-IMG-Star Network) initiated Indian Super League to develop Indian football. HeroISL is world's 4th popular league in terms of viewers but 172 FIFA ranking of Indian National Team, it raises many questions. This shocking down fall may be an eye opener.
Are we going into right direction? When entire corporate is in their top enthusiasts are ready to support football, is AIFF doing justice to select their coach and support staff?May be it is the best time to rethink and evaluate the function of AIFF