Former India captain and one of the biggest icons of Indian football, Bhaichung Bhutia feels it would be in the best interest of the sport if the All India Football Federation (AIFF) tries to find a solution to the ongoing imbroglio surrounding the Indian Super League and the I-League.
“I think it is important for all of them to come together and find a complete solution for the betterment of Indian football. It is important that everyone shuns their egos and work to create a good ecosystem for Indian football,” Bhaichung said on Wednesday, referring to the impasse created over the I-League clubs threatening to “approach the courts” following reports of AIFF announcing ISL as the top league of the country in its upcoming executive committee meeting scheduled for July 3 .
Bhaichung said it is important for all those governing football in the country to consider the fact that the presence of clubs East Bengal and Mohun Bagan will add more prestige to any league in the country. “It is very essential to re-frame the league structure because even ISL has lost much of the hype since it was started five years ago. It has not been able to keep itself up to expectations of the fans of Indian football,” he said.
East Bengal, which will be starting it centenary celebrations soon, has decided to honour Bhaichung as its all-time best player.