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Colaco to mediate in Bhutia issue

A marathon eight-hour meeting proved inadequate for the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) emergency committee to screen 72 applications for the general secretary’s post and the I-League CEO. The process will continue on Thursday.

sports Updated: Jul 22, 2009 23:36 IST
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A marathon eight-hour meeting proved inadequate for the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) emergency committee to screen 72 applications for the general secretary’s post and the I-League CEO. The process will continue on Thursday.

“It could be more than five and a final decision will be arrived at by Thursday afternoon,” an AIFF emergency committee member said on Wednesday.

Another member said 10-12 applications for the general secretary’s post could be shortlisted and some six or seven of those seeking to be the first CEO.

Once the lists are complete, the applicants would be sent letters stating terms and conditions of employment and if they agree would be called for interviews by the AIFF emergency committee, the official said.

That apart, the committee authorised Alberto Colaco to mediate in the Bhaichung Bhutia-Mohun Bagan imbroglio. “It will now be his (Colaco) task and not the Players Status Committee (PSC) to mediate between Bhutia and Mohun Bagan and find an amicable solution,” said AIFF working president Praful Patel.

Patel also said the sports ministry has sanctioned a grant of Rs 100m for preparing the squad for the 2010 Asian Games in Ghunzou, China. “I have spoken to the sports minister for funds,” Patel said.