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AFC starts training course for football coaches in Sikkim

GANGTOK : The license course for coaches to the Asian Football Confederation ‘C’ commenced today here at the Paljor Stadium. The camp has been organised by the AFC with support from the Sikkim Football Association. There are 24 participants in the training camp and they are being guided by AFC chief instructor M Savio from Goa. Former SFA president Tempo Bhutia conveyed his best wishes to the participants saying he is hopeful the camp will be a success. He urged the participants to undergo training seriously to gain sound technical knowledge. SFA general secretary Menla Ethenpa said a similar camp was conducted in the state back in 2006 and it had ended quite successfully. The SFA has been successful in bringing the training camp to Sikkim again after eight years, he added.

Ethenpa further informed 38 participants had applied for the course and 24 of them got selected. Even so, the SFA has requested the AFC to hold a second phase of training for the remaining 14 aspirants who have been left out. He stressed about the importance of such training courses for coaches and referees as they should be well versed with the nuances and rules of the game for the overall development of football in the state. Savio praised the SFA for taking such an initiative while noting the course is a tough one and all participants should work hard and remain completely dedicated. The aim of a coach should be to become a good human being and impart the best to trainees, he added. The camp will conclude on June 17, added SFA sources.

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