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AIFF wants more teams from NE in I-League

Correspondent/Agencies Kohima, Jul 19 (NPN)
Published on 19 Jul. 2011 11:01 PM IST
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All India Football Federation (AIFF) is keen to include more teams from the north-east region in the I-League.
“We have Shillong-based Lajong FC in the I-League but our aim is to have another team from the north-east region. Also, for the larger interest of football, we need to find a way or mechanism which will allow all the regions to have a team in the I-League,” Praful Patel, president, All India Football Federation (AIFF) said after handing over the federation’s ‘baby’ (Indian Arrows) to their new sponsors, Pailan Group, on Sunday.
However, the AIFF is muffed and expressed unhappiness with some football associations in north east region for not holding league system, registration of Football Clubs and players. It is worth mentioning that the following team from the region –Shillong’s Lajong FC, Langsing Football, Royal Wahingdoh FC and Ar-hima FC, all from Meghalaya, former Indian’s captain owned United Sikkim FC and Denzong Boyz FC, both from Sikkim, North Imphal Sports Association, Manipur, Oil Duliajan and Guwahati Town Club, both from Assam, took part in this year’s 2nd division along with rest football clubs of the country. Eventually Lajong FC, Shillong winning the 2nd division league and qualified for I. League. Unfortunately, two mostly frenzy crazy football loving states –Nagaland and Mizoram – no club, did not take part. Praful said that a mechanism is being devised to have zonal representatives in the country’s premier club tournament, so that the I-League could soon have a pan-Indian look. AIFF’s move comes close on the heels of the Phagwara-based JCT’s decision to disband their football team because of lack of football’s promotion and publicity. With Indian Arrows having now shifted base from Gurgaon to Kolkata and being rechristened as Pailan Indian Arrows, there will be no representative from north India in the next I-League.
Patel insisted the federation is keeping options open to spread the league across the country.
Pailan have struck a five-year deal to patronize the U-23 team while the AIFF will keep on providing it with technical support, including players’ signings and appointment of coach and support staff.
Patel reiterated that JCT’s departure from competitive football (as well as Mahindra United’s a year earlier) will never be felt since a number of corporate houses are in line to sponsor other teams, in association with the federation’s commercial rights holders IMG-Reliance, to put a spark in the I-League.
For the larger interest of football, we need to find a way or mechanism which will allow all the regions to have a team in the I-League.(with in puts from agencies).

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Posted by: reven | Jul 21 2011 1:22PM
Its really a shame for us that we don''t have any clubs that can compete in higher level.I wonder whose mistake is it? we become like a rolling stone that gathers no moss(we play almost every sports but less names in national n international arena).I think sports enthusiast who are capable should do something.Sports is a universal language and i believe through sports we can bring changes.
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