IMG-Reliance tournament good for football in the country, says GFA vice president

GFA opinions converge on improvements to stadiums, completing leagues faster and introduction of new tournaments amongst a catalogue of topics.

At the Goa Football Association's (GFA) Annual General Meeting, vice-president Lavinio Rebello has put his weight behind the proposed IMG-Reliance initiative of starting a new league and claimed that football will get a much needed helping hand in the state and country, alike.

“If the IMG-Reliance tournament becomes a reality with Goa as one of the venues, it will boost the game and at the same time provide a break to the I-League players,” Rebello told Herald newspaper.

At the same time he championed the Bandodkar Gold trophy to improve football competitiveness in Goa. The Bandodkar trophy would be held after Salgaocar general secretary Raj Gomes mooted for the tournament to be held in February next year.

Shrinivas Dempo, the president of the GFA, stated clearly that his intentions were to improve the infrastructure for football development. Renovations were being carried out at Fatorda and Tilak Maidan stadiums respectively.

Dempo also pointed out that several clubs had gripes with the additional financial burdens they had to bear and also the schedules of the league and venue headaches, which did them no favours whatsoever.

“Adressing their concerns, we have decided to complete the Goa pro-league within four-to-five months and also conclude the age-group tournaments by February,” elucidated Dempo.

On the issue of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) proposing the Centralized Players Registration System to tackle various contract and age related issues, the GFA stressed they would be readily on ship if the implementation of the plans included lower fees to be paid and vowed that the plight of the lower clubs will be assessed and taken up with the Indian FA when the Executive Committee meeting converges on 1 August.