Yakubu gets clearance to come to India
He will represent Mahindra United in the domestic football circuit and the AFC matches this season, reports Gordon D?Costa.india Updated: Nov 07, 2006 01:26 IST
Ghana's Yusif Yakubu has got the clearance from the Indian government to obtain a visa to come to India and represent Mahindra United in the domestic football circuit and the AFC matches this season.
Mahindra United president Alan Durante was relieved after the striker got the green signal from the Indian government after a long wait.
"We had sought for permission from the government to grant us the necessary clearances almost three months ago," said Durante. "But due to the government's new policy to thoroughly screen the applications of Africans as precautionary measures there was a delay."
"Yakubu should be in India within the next five-six days. I hope that he will arrive well in time to prepare for the Durand Cup (Mahindras play their first match on November 19)," added Durante.
"He will have to strike a combination with the other two foreign recruits, Philipe and Tony and the other players."
This was for the first time a foreign footballer faced problems in obtaining visa to play in India. Manager Henry Menezes acknowledged the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) aid to liaison with the government.
"The AIFF appointed a dedicated person to help us get the clearance from the Home Ministry, the Intelligence Bureau, the Ministry of War, the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs," he said.