Santosh Trophy may be held in Kolkata

Updated: Apr 30, 2010, 17:45 PM IST

Kolkata: India`s premier national football tournament, Santosh Trophy, may be held here this year although the IFA is yet to finalise the venue.

According to sources, Goa which was scheduled to host the 64th edition of the meet in June, has expressed inability to do so with the monsoon hitting the state by that time.

"GFA may not host the tournament due to monsoon, so
Kolkata will be hosting the Santosh Trophy sometime in
September after the IFA Shield. Dates are yet to be
finalised," said a source.

He said grounds like Howrah Stadium and Vidyasagar
Krirangan in Barasat will be considered for the tournament.

The IFA secretary, Utpal Ganguli, however said, "Nothing
has been finalised as yet. We have expressed interest."

Punjab were the champions and Bengal runner-up in the
last edition of the meet, which gives an opportunity to those
players who do not feature in the I-League and Federation Cup
to showcase their talent and thereby be picked by several
clubs in the country.