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The much hyped Kolkata Premier League Soccer has run into more trouble with the AIFF suspending the franchises from taking part in the FIFA ‘Transfer Matching System’ as the six teams were not affiliated to the sport’s governing body. Due to this the auction of Indian players which was scheduled to happen yesterday has been put off. With all this confusion PLS faces a race against time to start the event as per scheduled on 24th March with the transfer window to close on 15th of this month. The six PLS franchises had been given access to the TMS, but under generic names and not those which the teams will actually be using and this is what the AIFF is opposing.The AIFF is holding a meeting today to take stock of the situation.
I-League Division 2 Update
No matches were played on Sunday. Here is how the teams in the three groups stand with the initial phase almost halfway through
Group A (Cuttack)
SESA FA and Kalighat MS lead the group with 10 points with the favourites Royal Wahingdoh FC in third position with 8 points.
Group B (Delhi)
Mohammedan Sporting has won all their 4 matches, the only team not to have dropped points, lead the group with 12 points followed by Langsning FC with 10 points. Vasco who were expected to do well lie in 3rd place with 7 points
Group C (Silchar)
Baichung Bhutia owned United Sikkim lead the pack in a keenly contested group with 10 points from 4 matches closely followed by Aizwal FC and Arhima FC at 7 points.
In an interesting statistic Izumi Arata’s winner for Pune FC over Dempo in last round was the club’s 100th goal in the I-League.
Hilal Rasool Parray of Jammu and Kashmir has been selected by the AIFF to be a part of the coaching unit for the U-17 National team camp to be held in Goa.Hilal has qualified the AFC ‘A’ licence coaching course .He is only the second coach from from the valley selected for national duties after Sajid Dar
O-Heraldo reports that the Goa squad for the for 34th National Sub-Junior Football Championship (West Zone) to be held in Goa from February 13 to 21 has been announced and Jesmon Soares of Salgaocar will be the captain of the team.
The Times-of-India has published an interesting article on the growing popularity of Football in India.
DNA India has published an interview of Bhaswar Goswami of the Celebrity Management Group’ on what he thinks about PLS
Subrata Bhattacharya and Prasanta Banerjee have been reportedly asked by Mohun Bagan officials to submit a list of players they would like to see in the team next season. The list contains names like James Moga, Antun Koacevic, Mehtab Hussian, Arnab Mandal and Lalkamal Bhowmik. Meanwhile, Ranty Martins has expressed a desire to play for East Bengal next season.
Rob Bann will be flying to Kolkata in next few days to sit with Pailan Arrows coaches Tanumoy Bose and Sujit Chakravarty in order to improve the condition of the team. Bann is not likely to sit on Arrows’ bench for every match but is likely to provide regular inputs for rest of the season. Pailan Group meanwhile, are interested in installing a foreign coach and they have sent a number of resumes of interested coaches to AIFF.