Jeje Lalpekhlua Says Football Is The Future Of Indian Sports

Updated: 21 September 2018 20:04 IST

Since 2014, Indian football's graph has been on the rise and Jeje Lalpekhlua credits the ISL for giving Indian football a new identity.

Jeje Lalpekhlua Says Football Is The Future Of Indian Sports
Jeje Lalpekhlua plays for Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League. © ISL

Chennaiyin FC star striker Jeje Lalpekhlua believes India's rise in stature and international rankings is no coincidence. India has always been crazy about football but since the Indian Super League (ISL) kicked off in 2014, the game has seen a new dimension. Bollywood stars, cricketers, industrialists have all thrown their weight behind Indian football and football stars from across the world have made their presence felt.

Since 2014, Indian football's graph has also been on the rise and Jeje credits ISL for giving Indian football a new identity.

"The foundation of the game and the quality has improved now. There is a lot of difference between the first season and last season of the ISL (in terms of quality of football)," said Jeje.

Jeje has been an undoubted star in the ISL and a regular with the national team under different coaches.

"People have realized that football is going to be the future of sports in India. Indian football is on a high level and I would like to see more of it in the future," Jeje further added.

The Mizoram-born forward also felt that younger players were flourishing, given the number of opportunities they were being offered in the ISL. Moreover, the spotlight they enjoy in the ISL means that impressive performances could bring them under the national team's radar.

He also hoped that such an incentive will bring out good performances from them during the season which will benefit the Chennayin FC to defend their title.

"We have a lot of good Indian players in our squad. Last year Anirudh Thapa, Jerry Lalrinzuala and Germanpreet Singh did quite well in ISL and got a national call. This year we have Issac Vanmalsawma," Jeje said.

"There is a good mix of seniors and juniors in our squad. They will become an important part in the course of the league and will help us retain the title," Jeje concluded.

Comments
Topics : India Jeje Lalpekhlua Football
Highlights
  • Jeje Lalpekhlua credited the ISL for rise in Indian football's graph
  • Jeje Lalpekhlua said the ISL gave Indian football a new identity
  • Jeje Lalpekhlua said the quality of the game has improved
Related Articles
AFC Asian Cup 2019, India vs Bahrain Highlights Football Score: Bahrain Score Last-Gasp Penalty To Break Indian Hearts
AFC Asian Cup 2019, India vs Bahrain Highlights Football Score: Bahrain Score Last-Gasp Penalty To Break Indian Hearts
AFC Asian Cup 2019, India vs Bahrain: When And Where To Watch Live Telecast, Live Streaming
AFC Asian Cup 2019, India vs Bahrain: When And Where To Watch Live Telecast, Live Streaming
Asian Cup: India Eye Historic Knock-Out Berth In Sunil Chhetri
Asian Cup: India Eye Historic Knock-Out Berth In Sunil Chhetri's Record-Equalling Match Against Bahrain
Football Is The New Cricket, Says India Coach Stephen Constantine
Football Is The New Cricket, Says India Coach Stephen Constantine
AFC Asian Cup 2019: UAE Blank India To Take Pole Spot In Group A
AFC Asian Cup 2019: UAE Blank India To Take Pole Spot In Group A
Advertisement