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The Goddess of Fortune has been smiling on the All India Football Federation (AIFF) as Oil and Gas Natural Commission (ONGC) have agreed to sponsor the upcoming I-League in principle though there are doubts as to how much the public sector company are willing to shell out...

ONGC’s contract with the Indian FA to sponsor the I-League had ended last season and it seemed that it won’t get renewed.

Last year, the public sector unit reduced the sponsorship deal by a crore as they reportedly gave six crores for the nation’s top division league.

According to sources in ONGC, the directors are yet to meet and discuss the money they plan to allocate for the I-League.

The news comes after the Indian sports ministry agreed to allocate ten crores for the preparation of the India U-23 team to prepare for the 2010 Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou, China.

Also the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to grant 25 crores to the Indian FA for the development of the people’s game in the country, for which the credit entirely goes to the acting AIFF president Praful Patel.

However the official broadcasters of Indian football, Zee Sports are known to delay their payment which is the only cause of bother for the Indian FA.

Rahul Bali.

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