Floyd Pinto opens up on being a football coach during coronavirus lockdown: ‘Grown tired of talking!’
Like other countries, India spent time under lockdown due to COVID-19

Floyd Pinto opens up on being a football coach during coronavirus lockdown: ‘Grown tired of talking!’

FLOYD PINTO spoke about his experience of the coronavirus lockdown during his Desi Sportcast appearance in June.

Floyd Pinto has worked for the AIFF

Mr Pinto who has coached the India Under 20 team and Indian Arrows revealed he was based in Mumbai during this period.

Though the Indian Super League had managed to conclude in mid-March, the nation’s other topflight football league, the I-League was suspended with about a quarter of the campaign still left to play.

Mohun Bagan were declared league champions and the AIFF confirmed there would be no relegation.

A shorter version of the I-League second tier was announced with non-reserve sides advancing to the final round.

Kerala has since pulled out due to financial constraints but of the seven remaining clubs, one will win promotion.

Chennai City had only played one game of their 2020 AFC Cup campaign, a 2-2 draw with Maldivian side Maziya in February, the competition will resume in September.

The Indian Women’s League had concluded in February with Gokulam Kerala FC winning the trophy.

On his experiences, Mr Pinto explained: “I think I’m like everyone else given the lockdown, you know?

“At the start, I was really happy, okay, now, I have some free time to do a lot of things that I wanted to but as the lockdown progressed, now I have to get back on the training pitch, get back watching, you know?

“Initially, there was a lot of webinars happening, interacting with a lot of people, talking about various topics, my experiences with the Arrows, so that was initially very interesting, but now I’ve kind of grown tired of only talking, now it’s time to get back on the field.”

Chennai City’s 1-0 defeat to Bahraini side Al-Riffa in the first preliminary round meant there would be no Indian representative in the 2020 Champions League.

To listen to the full podcast, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcXICpPUoh4

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