That brings an end to the official draw ceremony of the SAFF Championship. Join us for detailed coverage on Goal!
Salauddin: The club championship is one of my biggest dreams. in Europe, it is the most popular competition. But I have a problem. Everybody has time except India. India are not comfortable to find the time. 1) Sponsorship - that can b arranged 2) timing from India team There are my two problems. I will request indian fa president (Praful Patel) so that we can work around their schedule to arrange for the club championship to be held
A question for Salauddin: What were you thinking of SAFF Club championship which wasto be held sometime this year?
Lama: We are working with Nepal Football Association and the local government is keen to develop football. By one or two years, we will extend our activities to 60 districts. Lot of areas we dont have football grounds as we are a mountaineous country. We also have a national programme to groom a footballer in schools and colleges. We are enhancing our infrastructure for now and that is our focus.
Next on the mike was Mr. Lama . Question to him was: "What is the role of sports council in developing football"
"With almost one and a half billion people. We should be able to build a wonderful football team. Just a question of putting our mind to it"- Salauddin concluded.
Mr. Saluddin replies : "SouthAsia is the future of Asia. We have been sleeping for sometime It is time we start .In the next 4 to 5 years, south asia would be a power. work on it and our governments put their mind to it.....
"Growth of South Asian football"- was put to Mr. Salauddin
Q&A session under way.
Q&A session under way.
The Official SAFF Championship ball has been revelead as the Nivea Ball.
The groups now look as follows : Group A
Bangladesh are now in A3
The last SAFF Championship was won by India and Afghanistan were the runners up. So automatically India are designated in Group A in first position (A1) and Afghanistan in group B (B1)
Sri Lanka in B3. Bhutan in A4. Pakistan in B4
Positions of teams in draws now being decided. Nepal gets position by A2. B2 is automatically chosen- Maldives. Draw done by Mr. Lama.
Harish Krishnamachar of WSG (World Sports Group) now on stage to explain the process of the tournaments draw method's conduct the draw.
"This is the most important competition in this region.We hope to conduct it successfully. Fans made sports council, Nepal government and the football association will host it successfully" -Strong words from Mr. Thapa.
"South Asian Championship first took place in Nepal back in 1997 and has carried on a fantastic opportunity to host the tournament again"-Ganesh Thapa, President of the Nepalese FA.