After getting the green signal from AIFF about releasing Alan Gow, East Bengal has started the process of recruiting a new foreigner. A number of names are being linked with the club. During the invitational tournament held in Vietnam few months back East Bengal officials were reportedly impressed by 20 year old Brazilian striker Ernesto Perreira, who plays for Matsubara FC. Ernesto might not be released from his current club, in that case East Bengal can try to sign Brazilian Edmilson, ex Sporting Clube de Goa striker Dudu is also being linked. Afghan striker Balal Arezou, second highest scorer in SAFF Cup 2011 is also being linked. An East Bengal official mentioned that the player name will be finalized before their match against Pune FC. Meanwhile, Mohun Bagan has decided to retain Daniel Zeleny for rest of the season after his performance against East Bengal.

Dempo is being linked with a Japanese midfielder named Yasu Kato. A Korean player named Hoon Park is arriving in Sporting Clube de Goa. Both players are appearing for trials, the clubs have not decided to sign them yet. (Report from Anandabazar Patrika)

Prayag United registered a 3-1 victory of BNR in Kolkata Football League on Wednesday. The 2010 Durand Cup winners entered the KFL title race after this victory. Mohammad Rafique scored a goal and assisted Shankar Sil’s goal. Kayne Vincent scored Prayag’s opener and Felix scored BNR’s only goal. Now East Bengal has 18 points from 8 matches, Mohun Bagan 14 from 7 and Prayag 11 from 6. All teams will play 10 matches in total, Paryag and Mohun Bagan are yet to play each other.

The following decisions were taken by AIFF Core Committee meeting in Delhi on Wednesday.

It was unanimously decided that there would be some changes to the I-League Fixtures for the forthcoming AFC Challenge Cup.
The Committee referred the two complaints (Mr. Alemao Churchill’s verbal assault on Goa Football Association on referees and Match Commissioner and Kingfisher’s East Bengal player’s altercation with Goa Stadium Authority personnel) to the disciplinary committee.
The Committee reached a consensus that monetary fine would be imposed on cases where LAW-4 of Laws of the games have been breached.
The Committee granted Kingfisher East Bengal the permission to replace Alan Gow with another foreign player.
The Committee also decided to keep a gap of 5 extra days between the preliminary rounds and final round of I-League 2nd-division to accommodate the completion of Goa Professional League.
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The following decisions were taken by AIFF Executive Committee on Tuesday

The Executive Committee approved two committees pertaining to the Club Licensing Committee and Club Licensing Appeals Body.
The budget for I-League has been increased by 2 crore. The format of the 2nd Division League and the U-20 I-League which has been changed has been approved. The final phase of both the Leagues will be on a double-leg basis.
It was decided that AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel would head the Committee for the Platinum Jubilee Celebration. Mr. Kushal Das, Mr. Sunando Dhar, Mr. Anil Kamat and representatives from IMG-R are also part of the Committee.
The AIFF-FIFA Academies stay on course and all the four Academies in Pailan, Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore would be operational by April 1, 2012.
The Committee rejected Subrata Paul’s appeal for financial support imposed on him by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee during India’s World Cup Qualifiers against UAE.
It was decided that elections in Andhra Pradesh would be held after the Voter’s List is finalised.
The Committee also appreciated the manner the SAFF Championship was organised at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in December 2011.
The Committee was apprised that FIFA would be implementing the Performance Programme (Football Management) in India and accordingly a team would be visiting India to discuss the various aspects with the stakeholders.
The Committee was informed that there FIFA GS Jerome Valcke may be visiting India in the first week of April.
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48th Junior National Football Championship for Dr. B C ROY TROPHY 2011-12, Tier 1 & 2 will be held simultaneously at Siliguri, West Bengal and Cuttack, Orissa. The Championship will be played from January 18th to 29th 2012.
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Indian National Team will play some friendlies during their training camp in Blackburn Rovers before the AFC Challenge Cup.

Sunil Chhetri was officially awarded with player of the year award by AIFF during half time of India-Bayern match. Times of India has published an article on mismanagement in the same match.

Chirag United Kerala FC were forced to postpone their Round 16 I -League 2011-12 match after Kerala Strikers, the team representing the state in the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) won their battle to use the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi for January 22, 2012 on which Chirag Kerala were scheduled to play Kolkata’s Pailan Arrows.
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