Footballers need adequate recovery time: Bhutia

Updated: 01 September 2007 16:11 IST

Bhaichung Bhutia has urged football authorities to enure that club level tournaments were well spaced out so that players get adequate time for recovery.

Footballers need adequate recovery time: Bhutia
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Kolkata:

Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia has urged the game's authorities in India to enure that club level tournaments were well spaced out so that players get adequate time for recovery.

"It becomes difficult for players in the tough Indian weather condition if there is not enough recovery time," Bhutia said.

He said there should not be tournaments where a footballer had to play four matches in ten days.

"Stress should be on tournaments where frequency of matches is less. The tournament should be well spaced out. Oppressive heat and humidity, poor ground condition and poor infrastructure make things tougher for the players."

With praises being lavished on the Indian team from all quarters, Bhutia felt that the side now needed to continue the winning momentum.

"It's important for the Indian team to do well. The win has shown that football has a big following and we now need more good results."

Refusing to single out any player for his performance in the Nehru Cup, Bhutia said the Indians reaped the fruits of a team game.

Asked if it was the best team that he had ever led, he said, "Yes. Because we are working as a team."
On who could be the next Bhaichung Bhutia, the seasoned striker said, "It is very unfair to make such comparison and put younger players under pressure."

But pressed further, he named Tarik Ahmed, Lalam Puiya, Sunil Chhetri and Bimal Pariyar as players with immense potential.

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