Colaco may continue as AIFF general secretary

December 9th, 2008 - 8:59 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is likely to extend the contract of Alberto Colaco as the paid general secretary.An office bearer of the new executive committee, that will officially be ratified at the Anual General Meeting slated for Dec 23, said that Colaco’s contract expires Dec 31, but in view of the change of guard, the members feel Colaco should continue in office.

Colaco, a close aide of AIFF president Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, has apparently told acting president Praful Patel last month that he was not keen on continuing at the expiry of the four-year term.

Colaco’s calculated move did not come as a surprise to many AIFF members as he feared he may not get enough support from the members of the new executive with Dasmunsi lying critically ill in a hospital.

Though a powerful section in the AIFF is said to be not happy with Colaco’s style of functioning, the members have been prevailed upon by Patel to let the former Goa Football Association secretary to continue.

“When we meet at the AGM, the executive committee will certainly renew his (Colaco) contract. Dada (Dasmunsi) and Colaco were the key men running the AIFF and with Dada in hospital, only Colaco can handle the affairs of the federation. As of now, he may be given a year’s extension,” a key AIFF official, not wanting to be named, told IANS.

“Patel, the union civil aviation minister, feels since he may not be able to actively involve himself in the working of the AIFF with the general election round the corner, the general secretary should continue for some more time,” the official added.

The names of the new executive committee members will officially be announced Wednesday.

Vice-presidents: Subrata Dutta (east), Praful Patel (west), Vinod Sharma (north), A.R. Khaleel (south) and Ankur Dutta (north east)

Executive members: M.A. Alam (Orissa), Tempo Bhutia (Sikkim), Joaquim Alemao (Goa), A.R. Dev (Madhya Pradesh), Inder Singh (Punjab), Sunil Bharadwaj (Haryana), C.R. Vishwanathan (Tamil Nadu), K.M.I. Mather (Kerala), Ranjit Roy (Manipur) and Larsing Sawyan (Meghalaya)

Treasurer: Hardev Jadeja (Gujarat)

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