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The former India skipper backed the Indian FA to ensure that the club licensing norms are followed thoroughly…

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) have announced the deadlines for the clubs to submit their documents in order to obtain a license to participate in next season’s I-League.

Bhaichung Bhutia, the chairman of the technical committee, believes that the federation must see to it that the clubs fall in line with the stipulated norms.

“I think the club licensing criteria is very important. Once you put a law and once you start putting it then the federation must stick to it. They (need to) make sure the clubs do it. I think it’s a good step what federation has taken but they need to make sure that the clubs really fulfill and not be lenient towards it,” he told Goal on the sidelines of Nike MUPC’s U-15 final.

Bhaichung’s United Sikkim shall participate in the I-League second division this season. He stated that the objective is to provide a platform for the youngsters from north east a chance to showcase their talent so that the I-League clubs take notice and thereby incorporate them in their squad for next term.”

“It (United Sikkim) is floating about; the water is right up to the neck. I don’t have a single sponsor and have not signed a single player as I don’t have money. The good thing is because I don’t have money, the local players are getting to play. If you look at the Federation Cup, I had at least six or seven local players who played. I have Surkumar and others who came in as IMG-Reliance paid their salaries.

“We don’t pay any money and we just give a platform to come and play. We will compete in the second division. I started the club so that the local players can get the opportunity. If they can take that opportunity and get into teams like Bengaluru FC then that’s the ultimate goal of what I am looking at.”