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Savio Medeira critizes AIFF on foreigners policy

Savio Medeira

Savio Medeira

Indian national team coach Savio Medeira critized the All India Football Federation (AIFF) in the Post-Match Press Conference after India bowed out of the AFC Challenge Cup 2012.

Savio feels that the AIFF is allowing to many foreigners in the I-League and therefore hampering the chances of young Indian strikers to play regular club football.

“I am not happy with the policy that our FA has adopted regarding foreign strikers in the team,” a frustrated Savio told the media. “I think the clubs in India should just be allowed to hire one foreign striker. We have problems to find good strikers back home in India.”

“All I-League clubs have two foreign strikers in the team. We don’t get good strikers, if this continues in India,” Savio stronhly oppined.

Talking about India’s 0-2 defeat to the Philippines, Savio said: “We started well, even after we conceded the goal. We didn’t do what we had planned and expected. The strikers didn’t do their job.”

“This is a young side. We are building this team and to build a good side… It takes time,” Savio continued.

While asked about Sunil Chhetri’s performance in today’s match Savio stated: “Chhetri is recovering from the injury that he sustained in the SAFF Championship last year. He isn’t still match fit.”

“We will try to play good game against DPR Korea,” Savio concluded, while looking forward to the final Group B match on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Philippines’ German coach Michael Weiss was not completly satisfied with the performance of his side.

“I was not happy with the boys performance in the first half. But the boys played a much better game in the second half. We had made two changes with Rob Gier in the defense line and had brought two holding midfielders in the form of Guirardo and Paul Mulders. We wanted to build the game with continous flow of passes,” Weiss said.

“Overall, I am happy with the performance and the three points that we collected today,” the German continued. “The win has provided much needed confident to us ahead of the important match against Tajikistan on Tuesday.”

Talking about the Indian team, Weiss stated: “I think Bob Houghton’s legacy is still working on. We couldn’t see passing movement from them. We played better game than them.”

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