The much truncated Kingfisher Goa Professional League has been postponed by GFA, yet once again, according to acting secretary Alvaro F F Pinho.
This is not the first or second time that matches are being postponed. It has been innumerable times now that Goa League matches have been postponed, with the result the once prestigious League has lost whatever little luster it had. The schedule has been changed umpteen times, a club official remarked.
The latest postponement as per the GFA letter dated January 10, is because the GFA has not given the verdict on the protest lodged by Cavelossim against Vasco for almost nearly two months now. Cavelossim had protested that Vasco had fielded an ineligible player in their match, finding fault with the inter-state transfer of the player in question.
The player had originally gone on loan from Cavelossim to a Kolkata club, but subsequently sought and got an inter-state transfer and joined Vasco Club directly, when actually he ought to have gone back to his original club Cavelossim and then sought the transfer. The matter, which is simple to be decided, is unnecessarily taking long time, with the result at least one team sought to know the outcome of the protest in order to arrive at the placings to decide the teams to play in top and relegation zones.
With the league matches being postponed on and often, teams like Vasco Club, Sesa Football Academy who need to participate in various all-India football tournaments are being denied permission as the league calendar is yet to be finalized.
The GFA administration, of late, has been moving very slowly, affecting its efficiency, several officials remarked, showing marked decline in professionalism. Hence, football fans and others are feeling the absence of former stalwarts Alberto Colaco, Savio Messias. The last named is a member of the present Executive Committee while Alberto was the general secretary in the present dispensation but resigned subsequently. With Savio being deliberately sidelined, although he has been duly elected by the clubs, the general feeling is that Alberto ought to have been requested not to leave and assist in the administrative matters given his long expertise much more so that he was the AIFF general secretary for nearly a decade, the only Goan to occupy the prestigious post, and now is the secretary of the prestigious SAFF. Subsequently, there were talks that one of the two members of the present Executive Committee, Welwin Menezes from Goa Velha and Lawrence Gomes from Vasco were tipped to take over as general secretary, but Welwin politely declined the offer. [H]