In a relief to All India Football Federation, the Sports Ministry today cleared the country's men and women teams at no cost to the federation for the Asian Games, but delay in getting accreditation has forced the AIFF to cancel tickets to Incheon for the second time.
The All India Football Federation has decided against renewing national coach Wim Koevermans' contract beyond existing time frame of October 31 but at the same time has offered the Dutchman the job of Technical Director, overseeing the preparations of various national football teams.
Buoyed by their 1-0 win over a dour Pakistan in the last encounter, India will look to build on the momentum when they take on the arch-rivals in the second and final football friendly match here tomorrow, before leaving for Incheon to play in the Asian Games.
Sunil Chhetri`s goal in the final moments of the game proved a mere consolation as India went down 1-3 to third division Czech side TJ Domalice in their final practice match at the Domazlice Stadium in Czech Republic.
The third and final module of the AFC Pro-Diploma course 2014, Japan gained further momentum with course coordinator, national coach Wim Koevermans and the 12 participants visiting one of the premier professional football clubs of Japan, Cerezo Osaka FC and visiting its state-of-the-art facilities.
Expressing frustration over the lack of effort and professionalism on part of the state and district associations, former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia on Thursday said CEOs and development officers should be appointed at those places to keep a tab on the progress ahead of the 2017 Under-17 World Cup.
Indian football team coach Wim Koevermans` contract will be extended till the end of next year`s Asian Games in October, the AIFF`s technical committee, headed by former captain Bhaichung Bhutia, decided here on Monday.