Foreign clubs should invest in India: Sesa Goa

March 20th, 2012 - 7:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, March 20 (IANS) India’s leading football club Sesa Goa, which is owned by mining major Vedanta Resources, wants popular foreign clubs not to treat India just as a commercial market but contribute in developing the game at the grass roots.

Managing director of Sesa Goa P.K. Mukherjee wants foreign clubs to invest in India by building good academies.

“They have to invest in India. They should not treat India as a commercial hub where they can come and sell apparels that is not what we are looking at,” Mukherjee told reporters.

“We are in talks with foreign academies. They may not be the Barcas (Barcelona) and MUs (Manchester United) of the world, but they have to invest in football here,” Mukherjee said.

Mukherjee said Sesa Goa remains committed on creating a supply chain of quality football players for the Indian football team.

“We want to create a supply chain of players for the Indian football team. We do not need to hire foreign players for winnings tournaments,” Mukherjee said.

Sesa Goa football academy has been operational in Goa for the last several decades and has produced several players of international calibre who have played in the Indian national team.

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