Indian Football

Bengaluru FC reserve team coach hails RFDL for providing a gateway for youngsters

Arjun Singh Devgan
Bengaluru were the inaugural winners of the RFDL
Bengaluru were the inaugural winners of the RFDL / RFDL

Bengaluru FC reserve team head coach, Naushad Moosa has opened up on leading the club to the inaugural Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL) title, revealing that the tournament provides a gateway for the emerging players for getting into the senior teams.

Bengaluru FC had a brilliant campaign as they remained the only unbeaten side in the RFDL with 19 points, thus clinching the coveted trophy, and Moosa believes it was important for him to win considering that there are not a lot of local coaches employed presently in Indian football.

"After the Hero ISL, I was given the team, for this RF Development League. I was straight on point with the boys that we are not going for vacation out there. We are going there and we have to be the champions. That's it. Because it's very important for them to understand they are the young players who are looking for opportunities to get into the senior team and a platform like RFDL provides such opportunities," he said in an interview.

"It becomes very important for us to deliver because, if you see, most of the coaches who are there are foreigners and we are seen as assistant coaches out there. With our experience, what we can deliver at this level, you know, it becomes very important for us to have, I mean to show how we can make a team play. And I proved myself. It's not that I am the best coach, but yes, every day we learn a lot," the 50-year-old added.

Moosa has enjoyed a stellar career so far as a coach, which led to the club management extending his contract last year, which would see him remain with them till 2024.