Did astrology play a job in nationwide Indian soccer crew’s current success on the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers? Effectively, it appears the All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) did make an effort to have the celebrities aligned.
It has come to mild that AIFF splurged Rs 16 lakh on an astrology company which it had employed to “encourage” the nationwide crew facet, which confirmed its berth within the 24-team AFC Asian Cup Closing.
The Sunil Chhteri-led facet topped the Group to qualify.
“A motivator was appointed for the Nationwide crew forward of the Asian Cup. In a while, it got here to mild that the corporate which was engaged, was an astrological agency,” a crew insider advised PTI.
“Plainly-speaking, an astrologer was appointed to encourage the crew. Enormous fee to the tune of Rs 16 lakh was made,” the supply claimed.
The astrological agency apparently took three classes with the Blue Tigers however a Kolkata-based participant stated: “Not less than I’ve not heard of this as I joined the crew late.” Sunando Dhar, who’s the appearing AIFF common secretary, was not obtainable for feedback.
Former India goalkeeper Tanumoy Bose ridiculed the thought and hit out on the AIFF for turning into a laughing inventory.
“At a time when the AIFF repeatedly did not conduct correct youth leagues, and plenty of prestigious tournaments had been pressured to close down, incidents like this may additional tarnish the picture of Indian soccer,” Bose advised PTI.
He additional stated it was only a “smoke display screen” because the AIFF officers are fairly able to utilizing the cash to sponsor their upcoming overseas journeys.
“The CoA (which is working the present in AIFF after the suspension of president Praful Patel) should go deep into this appalling incident and discover out who all are accountable behind it. There are a lot of scams ready to see the sunshine of the day,” he added.
The Supreme Courtroom had final month appointed a three-member Committee of Directors (CoA) to handle the affairs of AIFF, ending Praful Patel’s lengthy rein on the helm.
Black magic is just not new to Indian soccer. One Delhi-based membership as soon as had roped in a Meerut-based ‘Baba’ for a key league match and after their triumph, the crew credited its success to him.
The Sunil Chhetri-led facet recorded its best-ever Asian Cup marketing campaign because the talismanic ahead led from the entrance with 4 objectives from three matches to take the nationwide crew to the Finals.
India started their marketing campaign with a 2-0 win over Cambodia after which they secured last-gasp 2-1 victory over Afghanistan earlier than beating Hong Kong 4-0 to qualify as group toppers.