Zambian team to visit Goa

Panaji: The Zambian national team will be
visiting Goa in November to play two friendly matches against
India XI and Goa XI on the occasion of the golden jubilee of
the Goa Football Association (GFA).

Addressing a press conference, GFA President Shrinivas
Dempo said that they already had talks with the officials of
the Zambian team and things are at the final stage.

"We also have plans to invite Benfica, a team from
Portugal, but because of financial constraints things are on
hold. If we get a sponsor who could look after their financial
requirements then we could see them also come to Goa," said

The GFA executive committee, which met yesterday along
with the four I-League clubs, have decided to organise their
home I-League matches jointly with the I-League clubs.

Professional clubs, which will ultimately need to have
their own stadium and undertake marketing and even
merchandising as per the AFC Club Licencing criteria, were
told by AIFF that from this year onwards they would have to
take the responsibility of organising the matches, which would
include security, ticketing and all aspects of organisation.

"An organising committee with representation and active
participation of all stakeholders will be constituted," said
Dempo, adding that the clubs will request the AIFF to increase
the organising subsidy from Rs 50,000 to Rs 70,000 and that
any amount remaining from the subsidy, after taking care of
the expenses will go to GFA.

Dempo disclosed that the revenue distribution between
clubs and GFA will be similar to last year, with 75 per cent
to clubs and 25 per cent to GFA after deduction of expenses.

Dempo also disclosed that each clubs of the I-League will
be given 100 passes each and the fans of the two clubs playing
will be asked to sit separately on two different stands like
the one they have in the premier League.

Dempo also informed that the GFA will write to AIFF,
stating concerns that it is not possible to hold two I-League
matches on the same day at the same venue.

He also stated that he had taken up the matter regarding
SAFF draw with AIFF`s general secretary and that the later had
agreed to make the necessary changes.

"It was decided that the Goan Clubs make a joint
representation at the I-League Committee meeting to be held
at Delhi on August 18 and that the number of matches to be
played by footballers registered for the I-league clubs be
increased to 45," Dempo said.

GFA proposes to hold Mir Iqbal U-15 Trophy this year and
the Federation Cup next year, informed Dempo.


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