A panel of officials from the GFA and three Goan I-League clubs inspected Duler Stadium at Mapusa on Tuesday as part of a process to accelerate the revamp of facilities for hosting I-League matches at the stadium.
The officials began their visit with a briefing by the GFA VP (North) Lavino Rebello and Asst. Secretary Adler D’Cruz about the status of work activity going inside the stadium. Officials later visited the dressing rooms, referees room, press area and other parts of the stadium and expressed their satisfaction; they were also pleased with the turf at the stadium.
“The turf is in excellent condition, it will only get better and better as we play more matches. All the I-League clubs along with GFA are putting extra efforts for the I-league matches to be organised in a professional manner by adhering to the regulations of the AIFF” said RAJ Gomes, Gen. Secretary of Salgaocar FC. Also present for the meeting were, Custodio Almeida (Dempo SC), Aldrid D’Costa (Sporting CDG), Sanjiv Nagvekar (Salgaocar FC) & Humayun Padiyar (GFA Contractor).
The refurbishment of dressing rooms at the stadium is in progress while all the necessary facilities like Doping control room, Medical room, Administrative office, Press enclosure, Match commissioner’s area, Team Dug-Outs etc. are being provided in accordance with the I-League rules.
Although the AIFF’s final nod to the venue is expected in a week, it is almost certain that Duler would host the first I-League match on the new FIFA sponsored turf. GFA Asst. Secretary Adlear D’Cruz was hopeful of finishing the work before the timelines and also projected a good spectator turnout, “Football fans in Mapusa and surrounding areas have not witnessed quality football action since a long time. I am expecting a full house for the first match” said Mr. D’Cruz.
It is learnt that Duler would host its first I-League match on 29th December between Churchill bros. and Mohun Bagan.