Panaji: Players are least interested in
playing the season-ending Super Cup due to lack of motivation
says Dempo coach Armando Colaco.
Super Cup is a one-off contest between the I-league
Champion and Federation Cup winners.
Colaco also felt that after a long season, it is
difficult for the footballers to maintain intensity.
I-League Champions Dempo and Federation Cup winners East
Bengal are likely to play in Super Cup next month as the
season is all set to end on May 28.
"The players are reluctant to play the Super Cup. They
are tired after an extended season and have no motivation
left," Colaco wrote in a letter to the All India
Football Federation, insisting that the staging of the Super
Cup serves no purpose.
"My players have won the biggest prize this season. Is
there anything more to achieve? "asked Colaco, who guided
Dempo to a record fourth I-League triumph in six years to
become the most successful Indian coach.
"Even if the Super Cup is held, I can assure you from
experience, that the players will only go through motions.
They will only be completing formalities.”
"The one-off contest offers big prize money. Instead that
money can be utilised towards youth development," Colaco
The AIFF though is adamant on staging Super Cup arguing
that it was a sposnored tournament and that it would be best
for clubs if they do not interfere in AIFF matters.
However, there are question marks over sponsors for the
Super Cup as ONGC, I-League sponsors, have not yet entered
into a sponsorship agreement with AIFF as yet.
Rohtak: Big Brother is always watching, at least in some Haryana police stations where sting operations are being conducted to keep tabs on personnel and ensure that they behave courteously with the public.
"We have started conducting sting operations in police stations located in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonepat, Panipat and Karnal districts. This exercise will make our officials more responsible and will remove the hesitation among public to approach the police," V Kamaraja, Inspector General of Police (Rohtak range), told a news agency here Saturday.
"In the last few days, sting operations have been carried out in 25-30 police stations and posts. We found that 13 policemen behaved courteously with complainants whereas three cops did not deal with them properly and were not at all interested in even listening to them," he added.
Kamaraja said that the lax cops were suspended with immediate effect and a departmental inquiry was ordered against them. Officials, found disciplined and dedicated towards their work, will be awarded cash prizes.
The sting operations also showed that while some officials were very responsive towards the complainants, they did not show any interest in filing an FIR (first information report).
"This time we have left those officials after giving them a strict warning. It is their duty to register an FIR and to fully assist the grieved people. But, in future, there would be no scope of leniency and we would deal with such erring officials with a stern hand," he said.