Tag: AIFF Executive Committee

Past heroes praise Stephen’s boys before Macau clash

NEW DELHI, August 30, 2017: At a time when accolades are flowing from every corner for Stephen Constantine’s boys for making an all-time Indian record of winning 9 International matches on the trot (including the un-official match against Bhutan), Constantine’s past pupils who were part of the Indian Team for the 2011 Asian Cup in Doha, also joined in the applause.

“The 2011 Asian Cup was a huge learning experience for us. This present team is on a roll and are very close to repeating the feat. Make it count,” ace defender Dipak Mondal echoed. “Constantine has brought in a fighting spirit into the team and that provide our boys a cutting edge over their opponents,” he added.

The sturdy defender lauded the 10-match unbeaten run and he credited ‘the team effort’ for this achievement. “It rightly reflects how well-tuned they are at the moment. Right from the coach to the players, everyone is operating together as a team.”

Mondal’s central defence partner Mahesh Gawli also sounded exuberant. “As former Footballers, we look for an upward graph of our National Team. I’m really happy that they are doing well. I wish all the best for their forthcoming match against Macau,” he pronounced.

Abhishek Yadav, presently an AIFF Executive Committee member who started his International career under Constantine in 2002 felt a qualification for the 2019 Asian Cup will be the best thing for Indian Football.”

“In 2011, we qualified for the AFC Asian Cup after 27 years and these boys are on the verge of making it again within 8 years. It shows we have made significant progress recently and we’re in the right direction to reach the next level,” Yadav, who scored the golden goal in the LG Cup final for India, stated.

“Under the aegis of AIFF, other programs are also running pretty well. We’ve recently triumphed in the U-15 SAFF Championship and the U-17 boys have shown their character on foreign soil. A lot of hard work is being put in by AIFF and hence, the results are coming on the bigger stage,” Yadav referred to the other achievements.

Mondal and Gawli, meanwhile, were all praise for the current defensive unit for their compact defensive displays.

“I learnt they didn’t concede a goal for 300-odd minutes. That’s really stupendous in International Football at any point of time. It shows that the defenders, the goalkeeper and others are perfectly synchronised and they’ve to maintain this until the job is finished,” Mondal certified.

Gawli pointed out ‘the healthy competition’ is the key to success. “There’s a healthy competition amongst the defenders and this is a good headache for the Coach. Constantine has been rotating the squad and more youngsters are getting the opportunities to showcase their talent. It just reiterates his trust on his boys,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Yadav praised Stephen’s ‘work-ethic’ behind the success.

“Constantine is renowned for his work-ethic and it gets transformed into the players as well. The progress from 173 to 96 in FIFA Rankings, the 10-match unbeaten streak are undoubtedly the highlights of Indian Football. I feel they have the calibre to take it forward.”

AIFF League Committee meets at New Delhi

NEW DELHI,: The League Committee members met under the Chairmanship of Subrata Dutta at AIFF Headquarters, Football House, Dwarka, New Delhi on Wednesday. The Committee unanimously took the following decisions:

The I-League and the Indian Super League will be held simultaneously for the 2017-18 season and would kick-off after the completion of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.

The Committee also deliberated on the proposal from various PSUs of conducting an Institutional/Corporate League for the PSUs and Corporates, starting from 2017-18 season and unanimously agreed on the proposal to organise the league under the aegis of AIFF, subject to all expenses being borne by the participating teams.

A task force was formed to oversee operation, marketing and promotion of the I-League 2017-18. The task-force comprises of the Chairman of the League Committee, the Vice-Chairman of the League Committee, a member from FSDL and the AIFF General Secretary and the CEO, I-League, as ex officio members.

The Committee asked the AIFF General Secretary to discuss with Asian Football Confederation as to how they would like to operationalise the future road map for Club Football in India and empowered him to form the task force for the purpose, if required.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed by FSDL that the I-League would be broadcasted on Star Sports platform with much improved production quality.

The Committee also stated that the scheduling of the ISL and I-League matches needs to be discussed and finalised with Star Sports, FSDL and I-League department.

The Committee also approved the allocation of funds to I-League Clubs as follows:

1. Travel subsidy: Rs. 50 lakhs per Club
2. Special subsidy: Rs. 20 lakhs per club
3. Central Marketing expenditure of Rs. 1 crore by AIFF, subject to the Clubs submitting their local marketing plan to the Federation before AIFF placing the Central Marketing expenditure to the AIFF Finance Committee.

Relating to diverse views on number of foreign players to be playing in the League, the Committee decided the matter should be referred to the AIFF Executive Committee for a final decision as it falls under the purview of the AIFF Executive Committee.

The Committee also decided that the format and timing of the proposed Super Cup/Champions Cup be finalised after reviewing the calendar of the SAFF Championships to be held in Bangladesh in 2018, and further discussions with FSDL.