International coach to conduct football camp in Kohima from Aug 6

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Bhaichung Bhutia to be part of inaugural session

Kohima, July 27: In commemoration of the yearlong celebration of legendry Naga footballer and first captain of Indian Football team to Olympic, Dr (Late) Talimeren Ao, Department of Youth Resources & Sports, Nagaland in collaboration with Cosco company is bringing International Coach, Sebastian Rassmusen to the state.
Disclosing this during a press conference at his chamber in Secretariat along with Commissioner & Secretary Anenla Longchar, Advisor Neikha said that state government decided to bring the international coach, Rassmusen, a former coach of Sporting Clube de Portugal, Lisbon in order to help the Naga youngsters under international coaching standard and improve their talent.
The coaching camp will be held from August 6 to 16 in Kohima, he said.
He said that the department would accommodate around a hundred U-17 football enthusiasts, which include six footballers from the 12 districts, including Noklak totaling to 72 while 28 would be filled on first come first basis.
Further, Neikha informed that the coaching would held at IG Stadium Kohima while the department is arranging a grand opening ceremony in the presence of former Indian captain and current brand ambassador of Cosco company, Bhaichung Bhutia.
Also informing that interested players can contact their respective District Sports Officers and Football Associations to be part of the camp, Neikha however said that the department would only be providing lodging facilities to the trainees while they have make own journey and fooding expenses.
He however said that Cosco company would be providing the training materials, balls and jersey free of cost. He has also appealed to the football coaches of the State to be part of the camp in order to learn the international coaching techniques.
Asked if international coaching alone would help improving the standard of the game without proper infrastructure, Neikha disclosed that the department has already approached the Union Ministry of Youth Resources and Sports for setting up of one each turf football ground in Kohima and Dimapur besides IG Stadium and Dr T Ao Sports Academy.
Commissioner & Secretary, Lonchar said that the coaching camp is fulfillment of one of the commitments of the PDA government to uplift the youths of the State by enabling them to be trained under an international coach.
She also said that under Khelo India scheme of the Central government, the proposals have been forwarded for constructing of more international standard football grounds in the State.
(Page News Service)