The I-League Professional Football Clubs Association (IPFCA) are scheduled to meet in the next weeks to paper the fractures within their body following Mohammedan Sporting and Mohun Bagan choosing to opt out of the agreement they had agreed with the clubs’ body earlier this year.
The IPFCA had collectively decided not to associate themselves with any player who will ply his trade in the Indian Super League (ISL) of IMG-Reliance, the marketing and commercial partners of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
However Mohammedan, who were in negotiations with IMG-Reliance all through the summer, finally completed an agreement and signed players who have pledged their alliance with the ISL, namely Syed Rahim Nabi, Manish Maithani and Luis Barreto with Ishfaq Ahjmed and Mehrajuddin Wadoo (expected to sign on Thursday).
Mohun Bagan have already signed Pritam Kotal and a few more players from the now defunct Arrows outfit.
It can be revealed that RAJ Gomes, the IPFCA president, has written to the clubs to convene for a meeting in Mumbai or Kolkata, as per everyone’s convenience.
However the IPFCA looks a redundant body with most members not on the same page and several clubs are waiting to rope in players who are to play in the IMG-Reliance’s proposed league. Also their plans of staging their own tournament during the window set for ISL hasn't seen any progress as yet.
Meanwhile Dempo SC, following their poor start to the I-League campaign, are expected to sign at least four players from Arrows who had plied their trade under Arthur Papas, who now coaches the Goan side.
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