Mizoram can produce footballers of world class if the abundant talent among young footballers is properly harnessed, two renowned coaches from Germany, Lutz Pfannenstiel and Felix Imm of German Football Association (German: Deutscher Fußball-Bund; DFB) said.
For Lutz Pfannenstiel and Felix Imm, there was no reason why budding footballers in the state cannot graduate to world standard players.
The coaches, who are here to train local footballers and local coaches, were pretty impressed by the potential and high spirit of the young players.
“The potential is clearly visible in the spirited and entertaining game played by the young players,” Lutz Pfannenstiel, who has played in many top football clubs around the world, including English club Wimbledon, said.
Lal Thanzara, President of Mizoram Football Association had requested Rainer Schmiedchen, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany (Kolkata) to provide good coaches for Mizoram, the Consul General promptly expressed keen interest in exploring football talent in the state and took initiative to bring German coach to the state back in May.
Former Nottingham Forest and Wimbledon goalkeeper Lutz Pfannenstiel, who is termed as Global Goalkeeper is the first footballer ever to have played professional football in all the six continents of our planet said that for the past few days he and Felix Imm had been watching the local football keenly and concluded that the state has enough talent to make it international pitches.
The German duo is in the process of a training local football coaches who will be participating in the upcoming premier of MizoramPremier League.
“We hope that some coaches may be inspired by what they learned during the training to try to find those same footballing truths for themselves and having found them, apply them to their own teams in Mizoram,” said the German duo.
“The players need psychological, physical, moral, medical and sports support. This is how we do it back in Germany and there is no reason why we can’t do it in India or Mizoram,” Lutz said with confidence.
“Our sincere thanks go to Lal Thanhawla, chief minister of Mizoram who paved the way for Mizoram Football Association to meet Consul General of Germany and our President Lal Thanzara, their efforts have paid off, not only for Mizoram, but also for India,” said Lalnghinglova Hmar, Honorary Secretary of Mizoram Football Association.
The coach education programme with the German coaches started on the 1st October, and will conclude on the 6th October; all together 28 coaches from Mizoram attended the programme.