India need to create superstars like Virat Kohli in football: Tim Cahill


By: PTI |

December 17, 2020 8:59:37 pm

Australia’s Tim Cahill (Source: Reuters)

Australian soccer legend Tim Cahill feels India need to create superstars like Virat Kohli in soccer, a recreation which has immense fan following in the nation.

The 41-year-old, who’s an envoy of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy concerned in organising 2022 World Cup in Qatar, spoke on the eve of the inauguration of the fourth accomplished venue — the Al-Rayyan Stadium.

“You look at the way cricket is pretty much inspires the nation by itself, lot of Australian cricketers play there (in India). Virat Kohli and boys like these are superstars and now try and create those superstars within the ISL, with the teams, the games, the national team to recreate that with football would be the ultimate dream for India because there is massive passion for it,” mentioned Cahill.

Cahill, the main goal-scorer for Australia with 50 strikes to his credit score, additionally spoke concerning the upcoming FIFA World Cup and the occasion’s significance for Indian followers.

“I think the greatest thing for India having the World Cup in this part of the world, is how close it is, being so accessible to be one of the biggest shows on earth, literally on their door-step, to not only watch it on TV but get on plane and be in Qatar in an hour,” he mentioned.

“At the identical time, it additionally (builds) relationships with the World Cup, with the Al-Rayyan stadium constructed, the connection between L&T, the business factor, which intertwines good relationship between each governments, so I really feel India an awesome marketplace for soccer.

“It has great support and I feel it is good to have those hopes and dreams, potentially one day being part of the World Cup, but also having it on your doorstep,” he added.

The Al-Rayyan stadium has been constructed by an Indian firm — L&T.

Qatar World Cup CEO Nasser-Al-Khater had earlier advised PTI that it is going to be in Qatar 2022 that India’s sports activities infrastructure capabilities will come into full international highlight through the FIFA World Cup.

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