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The Dempo SC chairman, who is one of the five elected to the Vice-President's post, spoke on the need to nurture talent from an early stage...

Goa has always been one of the hubs in India where football trumps cricket in terms of fan following. So it was no surprise that Shrinivas Dempo, chairman of Dempo Sports Club, one of India's most successful and popular teams, was elected as the Vice-President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) representing the West Zone.

Mr.Dempo was needless to say, elated after the elections and considered the development of talent at grassroot level as a top priority. The 43-year old thanked the Goa Football Association (GFA) for unanimously voting for him and expressed his gratitude to the AIFF for reposing confidence in him.

"Over the last two days I discussed a lot of issues with the AIFF committee pertaining to Indian football," said Dempo to The Navhind Times. "There was a resolution taken to work on a plan to sort out various issues in football," he added.

"Under the leadership of Praful Patel, I would personally put in the extra hardwork to ensure that Indian football develops for the betterment," said Dempo, who is also the President of the GFA.

The vote of confidence showered upon Dempo for the Vice-President's post by the GFA Executive Committee was because of his stature in the Indian football scene and his cordial relationship with the upper echelons of the AIFF could ensure the development of Goan football.

When asked whether he had any specific plans for Goa, the chairman of the reigning I-League champions believed that it would be premature to comment on that and reiterated his committment to bettering football at the youth level.

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