Elvis Gomes hits back at Churchill Almeao, says few can’t digest the fact that a ‘common man’ running GFA

PANJIM: Goa Football Association President Elvis Gomes has blasted Churchill Brothers owner Churchill Almeao after the latter said because of differences between GFA and AIFF Goan players were excluded from the India U-17 World Cup squad.

Alemao recently said GFA don’t share a healthy relationship with the parent body of Indian football, and he believes because of this no Goan player was selected into the India U-17 World Cup squad.

“I don’t want to blame anyone but the differences must end. It must have baffled everyone to see not a single Goan player in the U-17 World Cup team as Goan players are among the best in the country. I am not suggesting that a quota system should be there, but alone on merit, there should have been at least six Goan players.” Alemao said on Tuesday.

Reacting to Alemao’s comments Gomes welcomed the suggestion that GFA and AIFF should work together. The GFA President further sought tips from Alemao on how he succeeded in working with AIFF when he himself was at war with them after Churchill Brothers were unceremoniously thrown out of the I-League with GFA supporting the club in order to seek justice.

“We are here to serve the interests of Goan football without compromising on GFA sovereignty. If Churchill or anyone else thinks GFA-AIFF relationship is strained, please show us how you managed to smoothen it out in your own case” said Gomes.

“Those who claim to have good relationships with AIFF could have themselves questioned AIFF the reason for non inclusion of Goans in the Squad. GFA was raising this issue repeatedly three years ago. None supported GFA then or now. I am ready for a debate with anyone on not only this but any other issue,” he further added.

Gomes also said that there are a few who still cannot digest the fact that a common man is heading the body of football which is a common man’s game in the State.

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