Fatorda, Goa: Too many foreigners in the starting XI won't help Indian Super League's (ISL) cause of developing football in the country, said Brazilian legend and FC Goa coach Zico.
Zico said the inaugural edition of the ISL is stipulated to have a minimum of five Indians on the field during a match. All teams are utilising this rule to field six foreigners which is defeating the purpose for which the tournament was conceptualised, he said. (Ganguly Says Foreign Talent Will Lift ISL)
"I think the difference with Japan was that they didn't bring in too many foreign players. In my opinion at the ISL it's not too good to have too many foreigners playing. The minimum of five Indian players is too less in my opinion. Since it's the ISL, we have to encourage more Indian football," Zico, a former Japan national coach, said here Friday.