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Punekar refuses Bagan’s offer of head coach

Thursday, 19 June 2014 - 8:42am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Kicking around | Vivek Nagul is an assistant coach of a Tanzanian club named Azam FC
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Pune: Vivek Nagul was a football player in his heydays and wants to give to the game what it has given him. He thought he would be in a different league as a coach, and when Mohun Bagan offered him the role he was on Cloud 9.

The Pune-based Nagul is a UEFA ‘B’ and AFC ‘A’ licence holder and has been offered the role of head coach of Mohun Bagan. However, the 44-year old feels that the job requires a lot of responsibility and he would like to procure more experience before he takes it on. He became the sole Punekar earlier to make it overseas from the city as a football coach. Nagul is an assistant coach with Azam Football Club in Tanzania and his term is likely to end by 2015. He is assisting Omogh, the 2002 Cameroon World Cup coach.
Talking about the Bagan offer, he said, “They had approached me but I am of the opinion that it is a huge responsibility, and I need some more exposure in this field, “said Nagul while talking to dna on Wednesday.
“I still have two more years and I want to complete this,” added Nagul.
“There could be many changes in the I-league in the season ahead, and some more time with the Tanzania team will do a world of good for me,” said Nagul, the former assistant coach of Mahindra United and Pune FC.
“Subhash Bhowmick and I did have a talk about the new assignment, but I feel that I am not prepared well for the job and I have not told them (Bhowmick) about the move which I will convey soon,” said the Punekar, who is excepted to fly back to Tanzania for the preparatory camp with Azam FC.
“We will begin the Tanzania League from August and before that we have a few matches in Congo,” said Nagul.
Comparing Tanzanian football with India, Nagul is of the opinion that the players are more physical and are more technical in their approach.
But, with Indian Super league (ISL) later this year and I-league, the Indian football is seeing growth. “ISL is something which is good for Indian football, and I-league has been one best league so there will be better days for Indian football.”

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