Nine more footballers sign contracts with AIFF

New Delhi: Nine more national footballers
today signed their eight-month contracts with the AIFF based
on a 15 per cent hike in their old salary to take the number
of players who have struck deals with the federation to 26.

Rakesh Masih, Lukram James Singh, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Syed
Rahim Nabi, Baldeep Singh, Jagpreet Singh, Abhishek Yadav,
Sushil Kumar Singh and Baljit Sahni today signed on the dotted
lines after negotiations with AIFF officials here.

Goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya, who renewed his contract
with Churchill Brothers after the end of 2009-10 I-League
season, did not turn up today and is expected to sign the
papers tomorrow.

Churchill Brothers defender Gouramangi Singh, who was
supposed to leave tomorrow for Australia for a two-week trial
with new A-League side Melbourne Heart FC, will have to
postpone his departure by a couple of days due to a delay in
his visa processing and is also expected to meet the AIFF
officials tomorrow.

"Nine players signed their contracts today and all of
them will get their salary on the basis of 15 per cent hike.
Arindam did not come today he will be here tomorrow," AIFF
vice-president Subrata Dutta, one of the officials who handled
the contract issue, said.

Yesterday, 17 footballers, including captain Bhaichung
Bhutia, signed their contracts with the AIFF with the players
who recently struck deals with new clubs with increased pay
packages getting almost the new amount while others got 15 per
cent hike to their old salary.

East Bengal captain Syed Rahim Nabi was a happy man after
signing the contract.

"I am happy that the contract issue has been settled. I
am happy with the 15 per cent hike," he said.

A select 30 players will be given contract by the AIFF
with 15 per cent hike in their existing salaries with their
clubs on pro-rata basis for eight months. They will train
under national coach Bob Houghton exclusively for the January
7-29 Asian Cup in Doha, Qatar.

Striker Sunil Chhetri does not need a contract with the
AIFF as he is with Major League Soccer side Kansas City
Wizards while number one goalkeeper Subrata Pal`s contract
with the federation will depend on his trial with Vancouver
Whitecaps FC, which will debut in the MLS next season.

Captain Bhaichung Bhutia had said the players were
satisfied with their contracts and patted the AIFF for taking
the initiative to sort out the tricky issue.

"The players are happy with their contracts. It is a good
sign that the AIFF was trying to see that no player is in
loss," he said.


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