‘Indian clubs must continue producing results in AFC competitions to show progress’ – 21Sports News

Mumbai City FC head coach, Des Buckingham has reiterated that Indian Super League (ISL) clubs must continue producing positive results in top-level Asian competitions in order to show progress for Indian football.

Buckhingham led Mumbai City to a historic 2022 AFC Champions League campaign, where the Islanders won two games, to become the most successful Indian club in the competition with seven points, four more than FC Goa who were the first-ever Indian team to compete in the AFC Champions League group stages.

Despite finishing second in Group B, Mumbai failed to qualify for the knockout stage, with the 37-year-old admitting that there should be more participation of Indian clubs in order to show progress of the country in Asia.

“There was FC Goa who came in before us and picked up three draws, we came in and picked up two wins and a draw to give us seven points. I think it’s important whoever comes in next year continues to show the progress of the league because I don’t think there were many groups across East (Zone) and West (Zone) where one team got heavily beaten consistently,” he said as quoted by ISL’s official website.

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