AIFF offers help

“I completely understand the difficulty public sector companies face in forming a separate commercial entity,” said Colaco during a visit to the Bangalore Football stadium to inspect the FIFA Goal Project. “The problem exists in Singapore with the Army and Police teams. We had meetings with AFC and an ad-hoc committee was formed to oversee the progress on a regular basis.

“The ad-hoc committee will advise the teams on not just forming an entity but also areas including marketing, advertisement, management etc. I am confident most teams will be able to comply by the deadline,” added Colaco, referring to the December 31 cut-off date to meet the requirement.

Asked what would happen if teams didn’t meet the norms, and particularly with the I-League kicing off in September/October, Coloco said the clubs will be continue to play the entire season. “The AFC will not immediately bar the clubs if they don’t meet the deadline. If they feel a club is on track in meeting the requirements but needs extra time, the club will be given the benefit.”

Expressing confidence at the pace of the Goal Project, Colaco said everything was going according to plan. “The project is going on smoothly without any hindrances. It will be completed by March 31, 2011.”Colaco said the Indian squad would undergo a two-month training camp in Portugal in preparation for next year’s Asian Cup in Doha.

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