The clubs from Goa have opposed All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) move to limit the number of teams from a particular region.
The owners of the four Goan clubs, namely Churchill Alemao (Churchill Brothers), Shrinivas Dempo (Dempo SC), Shivanand Salgaocar (Salgaocar FC) and Peter Vaz (Sporting Clube de Goa), met last evening and agreed that a particular city or state mustn’t suffer for being more developed than the rest.
Earlier the AIFF in its Emergency Committee meeting had decided that there can’t be more than five teams from any city in the first two divisions. With regards to Goa and Kolkata, who already have four teams each in the I-League (considering Pailan Arrows wouldn’t be around in the 2013-14 season), should any further teams qualify for the national league, they would have to relocate and play at a different venue subject to approval from the governing body of football in India.
“There shouldn’t be any quota or cap based on a city but it must be on merit. We can increase the number of teams to go pan-India,” informed Raj Gomes, general secretary of Salgaocar FC.
The Goan club owners agreed with all the decisions taken by I-League Professional Football Clubs Association (IPFCA) and had a few more things to add to it, which will be approved by the rest of the members of the clubs’ body.