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Inertia set to cost Goa dear

It’s possible that the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) proposed academy in Goa will be shifted to Haryana. Abhishek Hore reports.

sports Updated: Mar 06, 2009 01:21 IST

It’s possible that the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) proposed academy in Goa will be shifted to Haryana.

Reason: The Goa government's failure to settle issues related to the acquisition of land within the deadline set by the AIFF.

On February 19, AIFF acting president, Praful Patel, had served an ultimatum to the Goa government to either hand over the land in Cuncolim within 11 days or lose out to Haryana. The deadline has long been missed but the AIFF is still awaiting official confirmation from the Goa government and Goa Football Association (GFA).

"Chief minister (Digamber Kamat) had asked the chief secretary to look into the matter but he got transferred. The new chief secretary took charge when the code of conduct came into force due to the general elections and therefore no headway has been made," said a top GFA official.

He, however, admitted that it is not just about elections. The state-of-the-art academy had run into troubled waters last year due to the long-standing spat between AIFF vice-president and state urban development minister, Joaquim Alemao, and housing and tourism minister, Micky Pacheco, over the land in Cuncolim. And they are yet to settle the issue.

"They don't see eye-to-eye, so reaching a settlement is unlikely," the official said.

Even as AIFF general secretary, Alberto Colaco, refused to comment, saying, “Nothing is out yet,” an AIFF official said, “Now that the deadline has been missed, the academy will in all probability go to Haryana.”

The Haryana

government had earlier shown interest in the academy saying that it was ready to allot land for the 100-crore academy. And on Thursday, it emerged that they have found the land. “They will acquire 28-acre land in Bonsi village that comes under Gurgaon district,” said an Haryana Sports Dept official.

With inputs from Saurabh Duggal