Keen football followers of Indian football were left foxed in the wake of news bellowing out of Goa intimating that Sesa Football Academy (Sesa FA) had decided to pull out of participation all together from this year’s I-League second division after having earlier applied for a berth in the said competition.
Sesa’s withdrawal meant that all hurdles preventing the participation of Goa’s Vasco Sports Club had been quashed and that they could now participate in the second division, as one of the nominated club from Goa subject to fulfilling the club licensing criterion.
As reported earlier by Goal that on account of the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) compiled set of canons to all clubs, they had clearly indicated to the Goa Football Association (GFA) that only one club from the said state was allowed to participate in the I-League Division II.
"The AIFF executive committee has introduced a cap which means a maximum of five teams can take part in the I-League (division one and two) from Goa. Sesa FA have written to us saying they don't want to participate in the Second Division. That leaves only Vasco from Goa," enunciated I-League CEO Sunando Dhar to The Times of India.
Dhar also went on to say, "If Vasco make the cut, and later qualify for the I-League, they will have to select an alternate venue. They will not be allowed to play at Fatorda (Stadium) since the venue is already the home ground of four I-League teams from Goa."
The major slipping stone for Sesa FA seems to be their inability to separate themselves from their parent organization Sesa Goa. It is an imperative club licensing criteria and based on Sesa’s sudden decision to quit, it seems as the only cynosure.