4/3/2018 2:52:11 PM (GMT+3)

Calcutta clubs have forgotten to win trophies, says Emeka

Calcutta clubs have forgotten to win trophies, says Emeka

KOLKATA, India: Former Nigerian World Cupper Emeka Ezuego said he was happy to see a Punjab club win the I-league after a long time.

“I was at the Punjab University in Chandigarh during the good old days in 80s. Punjab State Electricity Board, JCT, Punjab Police, Border Security Force. I played against all these clubs with the University team. Punjab had many talented players. It’s great to hear the sport’s revival in the state. I have several fond memories of Punajb football,” Emeka said in an exclusive interview with www.khelupdates.com.

The 50-year-old was back in the city to raise funds for charity to help Rohingya refugees.

But much before he joined East Bengal in 1986-87, Emeka already had a feel of the sport in the country.

“Punjab’s contribution to Indian football cannot be underestimated. They’ve produced some great players like Jarnail Singh, Manjit Singh, Harjinder Singh and others,” said Emeka, who blossomed under different coaches at East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting and later turned out for his country at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in USA.

Emeka returned to his native country and played for Enugu Rangers in 1988-89, but joined Sporting in 1989-90.

“We won the All India University Championship. Chibuzor, late Christopher Kem and I were in that team. Punjab has lot of talented footballers, but not much attention was given to the recruitment of quality players,” he lamented.

On Calcutta clubs, he added, “I see a lot of changes in the city, but Calcutta clubs have forgotten to win trophies. I’m here to help anyone who wants professional advice. Clubs have to earn money. They can’t go on spending from their pockets. There’s need of a business module and hire professionals with proven track record.”