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The Indian professional footballers association (FPAI) organized a coaching course for players, - the first of its kind - which was attended by 23 of India's professional footballers.

The FPAI launched the initiative in an effort to educate its players about modern coaching techniques which will help them in playing as well as taking it up as a profession later on in life after they hang up their boots.

FPAI general manager Cyrus Confectioner: "We were looking to do something for the players. This will help the 23 players by preparing them for life after football. This is the first time we have worked on something like this."

"This coaching course is our initiative, but is being run by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). We have subsidized the costs so that the players have to pay only the bare minimum amount."

The FPAI organized an AFC "C" License Coaching Course in Goa, which was conducted by AIFF instructor Marcus Pacheco, a very experienced and highly rated coach and the goalkeepers coach of the Indian national team. Confectioner: "The course was a rigorous one, spread over a span of 14 days, consisting of practical as well as theoretical sessions."

Among the 23 men taking part in this coaching course were 19 active players and 4 former players, including current national team players Gouramangi Singh Moirangthem, Nirmal Chettri and Clifford Miranda, and former India internationals Samir Naik and Mahesh Gawli. Twelve current players passed the test and obtained their coaching license.

FPAI general manager Confectioner: "The FPAI congratulates the successful candidates, and we will ensure that those who did not make the cut this time around, gets an early opportunity to complete the course again with success."

Confectioner added that in future the FPAI will organise more courses across the country. "For now we are doing a 'C' license course but we have plans to do 'B' and 'A' license courses too in the future."

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