New Delhi: National football team coach
Armando Colaco is set to be reprimanded for calling off
India's Caribbean tour opener against Barbados under
Colaco was apparently upset at the "cold reception" his
players got at Bridgetown airport on Monday and the delay in
procuring visas on arrival left him even more disappointed.
If that was not enough, the team had to book a hotel on
its own since nobody from the local football association was
not there to help them out.
Even though the All India Football Federation tried to
downplay the issue, stating that the players were in no
position to play yesterday's match after the 26-hour long
flight, Colaco's decision did not go down well with a section
of AIFF's top brass.
"I don't think (he will be removed) but yes he will be
reprimanded," senior vice-president Subrata Dutta said
when asked if the AIFF would take action against the coach.
He said he would raise the issue in the next AIFF
executive committee meeting to be held in Kolkata on September
2 before the Argentina-Venezuela international friendly match.
"I will definitely raise the issue in the next executive
committee meeting. Calling off the match was very unsporting
and unprofessional on his (Colaco's) part," Dutta said.
"We will examine the report he submits after the team
comes back from the West Indies," Dutta added.
Meanwhile, veteran India striker Bhaichung Bhutia today
termed the cancellation of the match against Barbados as
India are slated to play Trinidad and Tobago on August 21
and Guyana three days later.
First Published: Thursday, August 18, 2011, 18:34