The Salgaocar head honcho was evasive on the players his club targeted, wants to ensure youth get their opportunity.
Raj Gomes, general secretary for Salgaocar FC has aimed a shot at the All India Football Federation (AIFF) by insisting that the conditions put forth by them for the signing of a Marquee player are too strict let alone implementable.
According to the AIFF ruling, a player who has represented his country at an international championship, for example, the FIFA World or the Asian Cup and the like, will qualify as a Marquee.
If the player does not meet the above criterion, then he must have played for an internationally renowned club in a league of international calibre, whilst also playing for his national team. In such cases the transfer would have be ratified by the AIFF Technical committee, as a marquee signing.
“The AIFF, in their ruling, have put forward certain conditions that are being deliberated by all concerned parties as we speak. We will let the ruling body know of our decision once we reach a common consensus. Yes, the laws are very strict and some of the conditions are absurd.”
Questioned on his clubs summer transfer policy, Gomes explained, “Recently there have been four clubs that have been banned from participating in the I-League next year. We are looking at a lot of players from that contingent, but we cannot specify exactly who until the clubs have had their appeals to the governing body heard out and a final decision has been taken.”
Gomes also added that Salgaocar were in the process of strengthening their under 19 talent pool with atleast four signings which have been completed. “Youngsters and under 23 players will be promoted and given equal opportunity to participate. 1 Goalkeeper and 3 midfielders.”
Finally, asked on how the Indian Super League, the much touted tournament which is a brainchild of the marketing partners of the AIFF, IMG-Relaince, would affect his team’s preparations for the upcoming I-League, Gomes replied unfazed, “Derrick (Pereira) and the boys will continue to train in those months as we do not have any distractions during that period.”