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Football can wait, elections can’t

With the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and its outgoing general-secretary Alberto Colaco more interested in finding his successor, everything else at the AIFF seems to have taken a backseat.

sports Updated: Jul 30, 2009 23:06 IST

With the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and its outgoing general-secretary Alberto Colaco more interested in finding his successor, everything else at the AIFF seems to have taken a backseat.

For instance, youth tournaments as well as the Federation Cup qualifiers and I-League (both senior and junior) have been left in the lurch with state associations having no clue whatsoever about the events.

As per the AIFF calendar, the sub-junior (under-17) nationals for girls is slated next month, but neither the host has been finalised nor the state associations informed the dates of the tournament.

Similar problem afflicts the sub-junior (U-16) nationals for boys and the Federation Cup zonal qualifiers, both supposed to be held in September.

The list doesn’t end here. Schedule of the third edition of the I-League has not been released and neither the issue has been taken up with club officials even when just over a month is left for the start of country’s premier domestic tournament.

The I-League committee is still to be set up while the clubs are clueless about the scheduling despite the fact that this time a team from the North East — Shillong Lajong FC — is also involved and travelling to Meghalaya could be quite be a logistical nightmare.

Questions were raised as to the date and venue of the sub-junior nationals in the recent Emergency Committee meeting and according to sources, the AIFF acting president Praful Patel had advised Colaco to look into it.

But till now, nothing has been done on this issue.