Southern Samity, Kolkata booked their place in the final round of Second Division I-League beating Mumbai Tigers 2-1 in the last Group C engagement, Wednesday. They became the sixth team to qualify.
The result put Vasco Club out of qualification, having finished third in the group from which Mumbai Tigers also qualified with 16 points, the same like Vasco. Samity tallied 17 points while Tigers displaced Vasco on head-to-head count.
The other five teams that had already qualified are Langsning FC, Rangdajied United Football Club, Mohammedan Sporting, Bhawanipore FC and Mumbai Tigers for the final phase of the Second Division League.
While Langsning and Rangdajied have qualified from Group A (Singrauli), Bhawanipore and Mohammedan Sporting have made it from Group B (Indore). Mumbai Tigers and Southern Samity made the cut from Group C (Bangalore).
Langsning beat George Telegraph 3-1 and Rangdajied got the better of Samaleshwari FC 2-0 to progress to the final round.
From Group B, Bhawanipore ensured their place in the final round with a 1-1 draw against Mohammedan Sporting who had already qualified.
It has been a double whammy for Vasco Club as early last month they were demoted to the First Division for the first time in their 60-plus years of existence.
And today, Vasco were also eliminated from the Second Division I-League and that too in the very first round for the first time, despite having a sponsor.
It has been a very bad season for the club which had three coaches this season. First, it was a foreign coach, then Richard Sanches and finally Subrata who was earlier with ONGC.
Vasco were also unlucky in the Goa Pro League as they suffered due to a number of unfair decisions at the hands of the competitions committee and the executive committee of GFA. The worst decision was to ban a couple of players from the Goa League but allow them to play in the National League.
One understands that a number of letters and protests remain unanswered by the GFA.
One recalls that Vasco, once upon a time, a club which produced numerous football stars like the famous A-B-C-D quartet (Andrew, Bernard, Catao and Domnic) and later had great goalkeepers like Peter Thangaraj, Avinder Singh and Sudhir, midfielder George Rosemond also produced many leading administrators like B M Parkott, Unny, Elesbao Pereira, Ciano Pereira, Vinod Parkott and even former GFA secretary Antonio Botelho, was acclaimed as the `people’s club’ and as such their reputation and fame was unparalleled at one time especially in Mumbai and Kerala, unlike now when it has been earning great name for organizing marathons on a very successful note. [H]