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Churchill to contest for GFA prez post

Story: CHARLES | D’SOUZA | 17th April 2018, 02:21 Hrs

MARGAO  

Benaulim MLA and former sports minister Churchill Alemao has jumped into the presidential race of Goa Football Association and declared that “he will fight to the finish”.  

“I will file my nomination for the post of the GFA president. I cannot let the clubs down who have put their faith in me and asked me to bring this presidential contest to its logical conclusion,” the Churchill Brothers Sports Club boss told the The Goan on Monday.  

Alemao said he has been approached by the clubs from North and South Goa. “Yes, I am keen to contest the election,” Alemao said. “I have always maintained that things are not being run properly and much less professionally. There has been a lot of acrimony in the last few years; especially the association’s relationship with All India Football Federation, SAG and the government. This kind of acrimony does no good for the Goan football and this situation is not democratic at all. Obviously, the clubs are openly talking about a need for change and change is a must,” Alemao stated.  

“For a long time now, I have stayed away from the football administration. But now seems to be the right time (to get involved). A lot of club representatives have met me and requested me to contest for the post of GFA president. It’s almost certain that I will be contesting,” said Alemao.  

“As of now, I am clueless about the opposition. All that I know is that I am keen on taking up the top post in the GFA and it’s not just for the sake of it. I do not want to be just a figure head, but instead work for the development of Goan football,” Alemao asserted.  

Elections for the posts of Goa Football Association president and the executive committee are scheduled to be held in July and the candidates are already gloved for the big fight.