Bimal Ghosh has finally received at the age of 66 years what he deserved much before and that is Dronacharya Award for his unswerving contribution to Indian football over more than two decades. Started as the chief coach of Air India since the beginning of the country’s premier football championship, the National League. Ghosh won the award of the best coach in the League in his second season in the League with Air India. After finishing a 13-year stint with a Mumbai office club, Bimal Ghosh worked with a couple of clubs such as Mumbai Tigers, and Tollygunge Agragami. He even took the initiative to build up a club in Nagpur with the hope of taking it to the elite I-League. But his initiative finally failed to fulfill the hope. Still, he did not give up and returned to Mumbai and presently he has been running a non-residential football school named Wings Mumbai Heroes in Bandra.
On the breakdown of the last projects
Bimal Ghosh, before introducing his coaching school Wings Mumbai Heroes last year, worked as a chief coach of a new team Indian Heroes. The team became the champion in the Daman state league. Still, they were not allowed to take part in the second division I-League last year. Disappointed Ghosh said,
“I still do not know why Indian Heroes were not allowed to take part in the I-League qualifiers. The All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) previous body was not at all constructive in terms of the development of the game. Surprisingly they gave excuses that Indian Heroes did not fulfill licensing criteria. But the club had completed all the criteria.”
Ghosh also sounded quite disappointed while commenting on the failure of Nagpur Football Club (NFC). He was there in Nagpur for five years. There he trained kids, girls, and seniors. The girls’ team that Bimal Ghosh formed in Nagpur had shown impressive performances in different women’s tournaments. More importantly, under his guidance, several footballers from the club had appeared for trials in different I-League teams, even for different ISL teams.
“I nurtured a dream of making NFC a professional club and take it to the elite I-League gradually. But due to some technical reasons, it did not mature. So, after five years I had to return to Mumbai.”
On His Academy
Bimal Ghosh set up Wings Mumbai Heroes last year. He rented the ground and on average 50 boys come to the center to train under his observation. Ghosh divulged that many players from his coaching have been now playing for different teams in Mumbai and I-league also. He also has appointed three coaches there. Ghosh explained,
“Here at this center, my training style is different from what it was before. Along with fitness training I give importance to ball possession, shooting, and finishing accuracy and that is why the players’ performance has been different when they are going to other clubs for trials.”
On the Newly-Born AIFF
Bimal Ghosh claimed he never applied for the Dronacharya award.-- Advertisement --
“One of my well-wishers in Mumbai, named Mr. Niranjan, has done everything. Having compiled all my career statistics, he sent the application on my behalf. So, I am indebted to the central sports ministry as well as to the well-wisher for this prestigious award.”
At the same time, Ghosh did not forget to mention that the phone calls he gets from his several students who already are established in Indian football are also a kind of award for him. He exclaimed,
“All of my successful students like Khalid Jamil, Naushad Moosa, Sanju Pradhan Nirmal Chettri often call me and take advice sometimes. I feel obliged that they still have not forgotten me.”
Commenting on the newly born AIFF, Ghosh had appreciation also. He said,
“After 85 years, footballers have joined the administration. It is a good sign for Indian football. I believe the AIFF’s newly selected executives must take initiatives for the real development of the game.”