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Former international footballer from Karimganj, Debashish Roy, who is currently coaching the Navajyoti Club team in Guwahati, was a mainstay in Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting during the late ’70s and early ’80s.

In an interview to The Telegraph, he has called for a planned approach by the Assam Football Association to produce quality footballers. According to Roy, although the Assam Football Association is trying its bit to improve the standard of football its efforts are directionless. Merely spotting talent and putting them under a qualified coach for brief conditioning camps before naming a state squad for a national tournament cannot help produce quality players, Roy said. He has called for a scientific approach. “Competent coaches should groom talented players before trying them in the selection trials for the state squads. This method is not practised almost throughout our state,” he has said.

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