For an Indian football fan, Nilgiri isn’t a new place for football. Former Indian International and ILeague 2011-12 Indian Top Scorer CS Sabeeth is from Nilgiris.
Nilgiri Bisons FC is a new club for people in Nilgiri. Nilgiri Challengers FC was playing in A Division from a long time. Now it’s Nilgiri Biscons FC. It’s one of the oldest club in Nilgiris. This is the first month of their operations after major changes in the management.
After being asked about local players, Club secretary and owner Mr. Rajeev said that they are now planning to give local players better facilities and trying to bring coaches from outside. Club wants to give their players more exposure by participating in various tournaments all over India. Currently they are focusing only on local players because season is about to end. Eventually they are going to make a full fledged academy.
Club has a proper ground in CSI College. That’s their homeground as of now. College has leased it for the club. Mr. Davis helped the club for getting permission of using the ground.
When we asked about the age group they are focusing on, Rajeev told us that they are mainly focusing on players aged between 18-25. He also told about their reserve team known as Panthers FC which is playing in the C division. Most of the reserve team players are young in age.
Club wants to play in Tamil Nadu Super Division but they need to win the Nilgiri A division to qualify for it.
Rajeev told us that head coach of the club is Mr. Ayappan. Coach was break out player from military during his playing days. He has many years of experience of coaching. Rajeev also said that club is going to have major revamp in June.
Lately Rajeev says,”We just want to play and win and take it as far as we can. We want contribute in the success of these players. It’s our dream to see one of the players from our club playing national team and making us proud.”