I-League CEO visits Tilak, meets club officials

Jan 28: The Chief Executive Officer of I-League at the AIFF, Mr. Sunando Dhar on Monday inspected the ongoing renovation work at the Tilak stadium in Vasco

Since the ground at Duler does not have the infrastructure to support live broadcast facilities, it was imperative for the National League official to suggest ideas to the broadcasters who are missing high profile matches due to unavailability of the stadiums. Mr. Dhar was optimistic that the renovation work would be completed soon and the stadium would host some of the remaining I-league matches this season.

The PJN stadium at Margao, along with Tilak stadium are being renovated to host to the 3rd Lusofonia Games in 2013. Due to the excavation work at both these venues, the current I-League matches were shifted to Duler Stadium in Mapusa. Mr. Dhar was in the state to review the progress at the stadiums and to explore the possibility of live telecast of the I-League matches which are currently played by the four Goan teams.

A meeting of the four I-League club representatives was then held along with the Goa Football Association president Mr. Shrinivas V. Dempo, Executive Director of SAG Mr. Elvis Gomes and GFA member Mr. Anthony Pango at the Dempo House in Panaji. Officials from the SAG expressed confidence that the I-League matches would kick start by March 20 at the fully equipped venue at Vasco. Mr. Dhar also proposed to send in a team of technical consultants from the broadcasters to give suggestions on appropriate locations for placing the TV cameras.

In the end it was decided by the clubs to send a review report to the AIFF by mid of February.