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My main motto will be to give a better platform for the state's youth- Churchill Alemao

Written by: Ravish R Narvekar

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The Churchill Brothers headhoncho is set to contest elections for the President of the Goa Football Association.

With the conclusion of the Goa Professional League (GPL) and Goa Sevens Premier League in May, the state's football season is almost over and everybody is focusing on the Goa Football Association's elections which will be held in the month of July.

In an exclusive interview with Khel Now, Churchill Brothers owner and one of the favourites for the President's post, Churchill Alemao spoke about his candidature and plants to improve the apathetic state of football in the state.

"It was not my own decision to contest the election, but all the clubs have forced me to stand for the election," Alemao revealed.

“I am happy to see such support from the clubs and I will make sure that trust shown by the clubs will never get broken. I will do everything which will help to improve football in the state," said Alemao who has overwhelming support from the Goan outfits.

The Churchill Brothers owner revealed his displeasure upon seeing the working of the association in the past few years. One of the major reasons behind the 69-year-old's decision to contest,  along the lines of which he has also set up his first goal if he gets elected to the helm.


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"The way the GFA was working in the last few years is completely wrong. They completely failed to organise everything in a proper manner. I want to change that first. My first step will be to bring proper organization, no matter if it is the GPL or a Third Division League match in the state," he affirmed.

It looks like the Nationalist Congress Party MLA from Benaulim has already made his priority to improve the fan-base in the state as he said "The recently concluded season (GPL) was completely played at Duler Stadium (Mapusa, North Goa), but since it is the state's top tier league it should have been played in South Goa also. So, I will try to bring the GPL to South Goa, so that fans from this side will also get an opportunity to witness top quality football."

The GFA Third Division League which is the state's fourth tier used to have a title sponsor in the past, but for the last three seasons, the GFA has even failed to get sponsors for the GPL. But, Alemao is confident of getting sponsors easily.

"Getting a sponsor for the top tier is not a big deal. When Goa hosted the Santosh Trophy in 2017, I had brought some sponsors to help the GFA to smoothly organise the tournament. So, I don't think getting sponsors for the GPL will be difficult for me," Alemao reiterated.

Finally when asked about that what football fans of the state can expect from him to develop football in Goa he said, "The people of Goa know very well what I have done for the love of football. So, I don't think I need to explain here. But, my main motto will be to give a better platform for the youth of the state to perform, so more Goans will represent the national team."

Published: Tue May 29, 2018 05:55 PM IST

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