NIFF Demands J&K’s Inclusion In I-League Qualifiers

Sports minister Anurag Thakur assures support

 SRINAGAR: The National and International Footballers Forum (NIFF) J&K on Tuesday demanded the inclusion of an eligible J&K football team in the I-League Qualifiers 2021.

The Forum in a meeting with Union Minister Youth Affairs & Sports, Anurag Thakur, discussed the possibility of fielding a J&K team at the I-League 2nd Division Qualifiers.

“The Minister was very disappointed to hear that one top team from J&K has been disqualified from I-League 2nd Div by AIFF on the basis of submitting fake documents allegedly with the support of some officials of JKFA and taking a strong note of it he assured to take matter with the concerned authorities for inclusion of some other eligible team from J&K in I-League in place of the disqualified team,” a NIFF statement said.

“The Minister assured that all measures will be taken to safe guard the game of football in J&K which is the most popular game in the territory,” the statement added.

“NIFF members also appraised Advisor Farooq Khan and Secretary, J&K Sports Council Nuzhat Gull about the shameful incident,” it said.

“NIFF also requested the Advisor Sports, Secretary JKSC and Honble Minister for revival of Govt Departmental teams which have always played a big role in football history of J&K,” the statement concluded.

The NIFF demand regarding I-League Qualifiers comes after Hyderya Sports football club was disqualified by AIFF from the upcoming Qualifiers over alleged “fake bank guarantee” of 25 lakh INR.

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