New Delhi: The Indian Super League (ISL) has had a great impact on Indian football because it has given the nation facilities, grounds and great coaches', said Hyderabad FC midfielder Nikhil Poojary.
The 25-year-old midfielder has played 28 games for Hyderabad FC in the last two ISL seasons, said on Saturday that the tournament had also brought structure to Indian football.
In an interview on the ISL website, Poojary said, "The ISL has had a tremendous impact on Indian football. The reason I say that is now we have top grounds, facilities and great coaches. It has brought with it a structure to Indian football that is sustainable and will have a positive impact on the long-term future of the sport in the country."
He said, "covid-19 pandemic has brought new challenges for footballers, both on a personal as well as professional level."
"We are trying hard to find ways to cope with the challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, both on personal as well as professional level. It's been difficult for everyone. It's been a year to forget but as an athlete, you try to do as much as you can to help your family and friends in these times.
"And other times you try to follow a routine so that you can keep yourself in excellent condition," said the midfielder who made his ISL debut for FC Pune City in 2018-19 and has also represented Mumbai FC and East Bengal (now SC East Bengal) as well.
The Mangalore-born player appeared in 10 games and played 604 minutes so far for Manuel Marquez's team during the 2010-21 ISL edition.