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Asian body to give over half a crore to India

sports Updated: Jul 15, 2009 23:34 IST

Indian football became richer by $ 1.2lakh (Rs 58.3 lakh approximately) after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) accepted the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) request to include it in the AID 27 programme.

This was decided by the Asian body’s executive committee in Kuala Lumpur earlier this week.

The programme is designed to develop football at the grassroots and the annual grant will be utilised mainly by paying salaries of coaches and administrators.

“Bahrain was supposed to get this benefit but the AFC decided to choose India at Bahrain’s expanse,” an AIFF official said on Wednesday.

“The federation plans to utilise the grant in appointing assistant-directors of coaching at all the five zones - North, Northeast, East, West and South, the official said.

The programme is named after Vision Asia’s 27 Member Associations.

Nominations filed

Around 30 candidates have applied for the post of AIFF general secretary so far.

Wednesday was the last date for submitting applications for both the general-secretary and the I-League CEO’s posts.

Goa Football Association (GFA) secretary, Savio Messias, former Vision India director Shaji Prabhakaran, Rakesh Bakshi, secretary of the Chandigarh Football Association and Hindustan Club secretary DK Bose are among those seeking to be the next general-secretary.

AIFF joint-secretary Gautam Kar too has applied, a federation official said.

“A lot of them have applied, but barring four or five, most of them are just filling the numbers; they don’t have any football background,” a candidate, who didn’t wish to be named, said.

“Since Alberto Colaco (the current general secretary) has expressed his desire to leave before August 1, it is likely the executive committee will take a final call as soon as possible,” the AIFF source said.