Goan club owners to discuss the changes in the I-League

The owners of the clubs have called for a meeting wherein they are to ponder on the recent changes in the league implemented by the Indian FA…

With the All India Football Federation (AIFF) deciding to divide the I-League into an eastern and western conference starting the 2013-14 season, the clubs haven’t welcomed this move. Owners of the four teams from Goa, namely Dempo SC, Sporting Clube de Goa, Salgaocar FC and Churchill Brothers SC, have called for a meeting next Monday in order to discuss the decisions taken by the AIFF.

The I-League Professional Football Clubs Association (IPFCA) had unanimously opposed the change in the league and vented their frustration by stating that the decision by the AIFF was taken without keeping them in the loop. Also the clubs have refused to deal with any player who is associated with IMG-Reliance's league.

Peter Vaz and Churchill Alemao, presidents of Sporting Clube de Goa and Churchill Brothers, have in the past spoken of not releasing their players for IMG-Reliance’s proposed league. Vaz has gone to the extent of stating that the AIFF is creating a monster in the form of IMG-Reliance’s competition which shall sooner or later devour the national league. Dempo SC have put in a note in their contracts this season stating that the players shall only play in tournaments where the club participates which was essentially done to prevent them from plying their trade in the league conceptualised by AIFF's commercial and marketing partners.

The clubs have complained that the calendar hasn't been shared with them as yet and there has been no communication on the same by the AIFF.