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Colaco to consider offer

sports Updated: Sep 23, 2011 00:39 IST
HT correspondent

The All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) executive committee decided on Thursday to hand senior national team coach Armando Colaco a one-year contract, as opposed to the five-year term the Dempo coach-cum-general secretary had asked for.

Colaco had taken charge of the team after Bob Houghton’s exit earlier this year and he got a four-month contract. “There is no abiding decision as yet but we have offered Armando Colaco a one-year contract. On the basis of his performance, we will offer a further one-year extension,” AIFF vice-president

Subroto Dutta said.

When contacted, Colaco did not sound sure of his course of action. “How can they offer me a one-year contract when they know I have duties with my club too? I will think about this and come to a decision soon.”

No durand for dempo

After the confirmed absence of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan from the 2011 Durand Cup which kicks off with the preliminary stages on Saturday, Dempo too will be giving the world’s third oldest football tournament, after the FA Cup and Scottish Cup, a miss in its 124th edition. Dempo coach Mauricio Afonso told HT, “You can’t expect us to go all the way by train and back as it takes too much time. When provisions for airfare can be made, why is it not used?” htc