Football camp for young stars

Kalimpong, Feb. 18: Kalimpong may soon have its own Bhaichung Bhutia.

In a bid to improve the overall standard of football in the subdivision and produce quality players like the Indian captain, who hails from neighbouring Sikkim, Kalimpong Veterans’ Recreation Club will organise a 10-day special coaching camp for 23 young footballers at Mela Ground here in March-end.

All the selected players are from Kalimpong Sports Academy. They are currently training under the watchful eyes of Pranay Shilal, games teacher at Kumudini Homes. The special camp will be conducted by Khade Basnet, the national coach of Bhutan and Mike Lee, an American who is also coaching footballers in the Himalayan kingdom. They will be assisted by Shilal, club secretary Dhendup Bhutia and two former footballers from Kalimpong, Urgen Lama and Ratan Tamang.

“Both Basnet, who is a legend in local football, and Lee were here yesterday and offered to help our young trainees,” said Bhutia.


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