AFC team satisfied with Goan I-league clubs

Panaji: The AFC team, who were on a two days
visit to Goa, were satisfied with the infrastructure and
administrative set up of all the three Goan I-League clubs, as
part of the assessment criteria for classification as
professional clubs.

The AFC team who left this morning to Bangalore after
visiting Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune earlier will present their
report of all the I-League clubs at the AIFF Office on
November 2 and inform all the teams about their shortcomings
which they will have to rectify before December 31, failing
which they will not be eligible to take part for I-League

The AFC club licensing criteria says that a club should
have a licensed coach, an owned ground or at least on lease,
it has to be a corporate entity and should have a junior
programme also.

The I-League CEO Sunanda Dhar, who along with senior
manager of the I-League Sujesh Rajan who is assisting the six
members AFC team said clubs like Air India, HAL and ONGC,
which are Public sector Undertakings (PSUs) as they have been
struggling for some time now to form a company that could run
the club.

But, according to Dhar, the Clubs are close to clearing
the hurdle.

Dhar, who visited the office of Air-India and ONGC is
satisfied with the work done by both the Clubs. He said the
Clubs have been working on some clues provided by Mahajan
Vasudevan, sports lawyer from AFC`s legal department.

The AFC will have a second round of inspection in January
2011 and explain the Clubs who met the criteria what needs to
be done to merit a place among Asia`s elite.

By March next year, we will come to know which teams have
fulfilled the criteria and qualified for the next I-League.

The AIFF executive committee will meet immediately after
that and ratify the decision, said Dhar.

The six member AFC team include: Tokuaki Suzuki (Director
of competitions), Maksat Glychmamedov (Development manager for
professional Football), Steve Kim (Communications manager),
Bryan Kuan Weehooang (Director of internal auditing
department), Khan Hung Medng (Development officer of coach
education department) and Mahajan Vasudevan (Sports lawyer of
legal department).