Indian Football

'India is a Future Powerhouse in World Football,' Claims FC Goa Star Edu Bedia

Arjun Singh Devgan
Apr 1, 2021, 11:08 AM GMT+5:30
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FC Goa star, Edu Bedia took to social networking site, Instagram to ask the Indian football fans to be patient following the Blue Tigers 6-0 humiliation at the hands of United Arab Emirates (UAE) in an international friendly on Monday, 29 March.

India showed some progress after drawing 1-1 with Oman in their first international friendly, but their performance against UAE led to many fans questioning whether they are progressing under coach, Igor Stimac.

Edu though feels differently as he believes that the team is showing progress under Stimac and that the country will become a future powerhouse in the future.

“In the last 4 years I have been asked many times about how big a difference is there between Indian football and European football. And how could the level of Indian football be improved. I have always answered the same thing and I think after what I saw yesterday, many people will agree," he wrote on Instagram.

"The India game was a hard blow of reality for Indian football. I think the Indian coach is doing a fantastic job to improve the young players and giving them opportunities with the national team. However, the reality is that the 80th team in the FIFA ranking is a level above India, and what matters less is the result and what should hurt the most is seeing the feeling of superiority in all aspects of the game from UAE – be it technical quality, tactics, space control etc.

"Journalists have asked me so many times when we can see India in a World Cup. But that cannot be the question India should be asking just right now. For that dream to be realised and though to occur, there needs to be years spent on working in academies and investing at the grassroots and youth level.

"Journalists have asked me so many times when we can see India in a World Cup. But that cannot be the question India should be asking just right now. For that dream to be realised and though to occur, there needs to be years spent on working in academies and investing at the grassroots and youth level.

"I really think that India is a future powerhouse in world football. That though, will need loads of work and patience," Edu concluded.

India are still in contention for for qualification in the 2023 Asian Cup, and will be next seen in action against Qatar on 3 June, followed by Bangladesh on 7th and Afghanistan on 15. The Blue Tigers are currently placed fourth in Group E with three points from five games, 10 behind group leaders, Qatar.

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